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Transformer fire at Newark Airport sparks partial terminal evacuation


NEWARK, N.J. — A transformer fire underneath Newark Liberty Airport caused evacuations at part of the terminal Friday, officials said.

The blaze started in a PSE&G manhole below a section of Terminal C. According to Newark Airport, the fire has been extinguished, but smoky conditions remain. No injuries were reported.

The Terminal C-1 wing was evacuated — the rest of the terminal operated normally, including Terminals A and B, but because of weather conditions, the airport tells passengers to expect weather-related delays. Passengers are advised to check their airlines for the status of their flights.

Fire crews are on scene and Port Authority is working with PSE&G to put in emergency fixes. PSE&G had temporarily cut power at the terminal between 11:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., where backup generators were being used to supply power to the terminal, the airport said. PSE&G is beginning to restore power.

Passengers are being processed through security checkpoints but with significant delays while baggages are being processed with anticipated delays for inbound baggages, according to the airport. Crowds flooded security lines, weaving around two floors of the terminal.

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