All flights have been grounded Tuesday at the Colorado Springs Airport after a fire broke out on the roof there.
The blaze started at around 11:30 p.M. Local time on Monday night, burning in the insulation on the roof on the west side of the airport, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
“As we were approaching, we could see the flames from several miles off … There was quite a bit of smoke production,” Lt. Doug Pape of the Colorado Springs Fire Department told KKTV of Colorado Springs about the scene as crews responded to the fire.
“Crews are at the airport assessing smoke, water and fire damage,” adds KUSA TV of Denver.
KUSA adds “the airport was evacuated safely. Passengers on arriving planes had to wait to disembark but eventually deplaned at the (nearby) Jet Center.”.
The cause is under investigation, with the airport saying “all airport operations will be closed until further evaluation.”.
Passengers ticketed to fly through Colorado Springs on Tuesday had two obvious options. They could wait to rebook their flights once the airport reopens or they could call their airlines to try and move their booking to a flight from Denver, which is about 95 miles away by car.
Colorado Springs Airport is served by five passenger airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier and United. All of those carriers also fly from Denver. Allegiant flies only twice a week from Colorado Springs, and its next flight – to Las Vegas – is not scheduled to operate until Thursday.
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