Thursday, March 24, 2011

An enormous blaze sent fire crews to Miami International Airport overnight and may delay flights Thursday, officials said.

The fire started Wednesday night in an area where fuel is kept after a tank caught fire, Miami-Dade fire officials said. It seemed to be picking up steam late Wednesday night, sending flames and black smoke billowing into the sky.

No one was injured by the blaze.

More than 30 fire crews battled the blaze and had it under control around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, fire officials said.

An American Airlines flight to Chile was delayed for less than an hour because of the fire, said Greg Chin, an airport spokesman.

There could be other delays later Thursday as the fire damaged one fuel tank and affected all six fuel tanks at the airport, Chin said.

Airport officials may try to use tanker trucks to help refuel airplanes until they can get operations back to normal, Chin said.


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