Dutch airport evacuated after fire
April 8, 2001
Web posted at: 1651 GMT
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands -- A terminal at Schiphol International Airport has been evacuated after a fire broke out in a shopping mall area, airport officials have said.
"There's a lot of smoke," an airport spokesman told CNN on Sunday.
"We don't know what really happened."
Dutch television reported an explosion and fire had triggered the evacuation of thousands of people.
There was no immediate word on casualties, but ambulances were arriving at the airport, one of Europe's busiest.
The explosion apparently occurred in a restaurant in the airport's main shopping plaza, and the resulting fire spread to other shops, the report said.
A television reporter said he saw smoke and flames in the terminal as the area erupted into pandemonium.
The shopping plaza has dozens of high-class shops. Tens of thousands of passengers pass through on a typical day.
It is the second time this year the airport has been evacuated after a fire broke out in a restaurant toilet in January, leaving three people injured.
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