Fire at Wellington Airport's Koru Lounge

Last updated 07:50 03/12/2012

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Wellington International Airport’s Koru Club lounge remains closed after a fire started in the ceiling this morning.

Fire communications shift manager Mike Wanoa said the small fire started just before 5am and triggered the sprinkler system in the Koru Club. 

Nobody was injured but the few people in the airport would have been evacuated. 

At the peak of the Fire Service's response, five engines plus an aerial unit and a command unit were at the scene. 

The southwest portion of the airport was closed following the incident but re-opened just before 8am. 

Flights were reshuffled to different gates with minimal disruption, an airport spokeswoman said.

Air New Zealand spokeswoman Marie Hosking said the fire started in a light transformer.

Sprinklers immediately kicked in but caused a small amount of water damage, which closed the lounge.

It was expected to open again later today.

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- The Dominion Post

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