Fire destroys hangar, office block, aircraft at LIAT base

The scene of the blaze at the LIAT based in Antigua Sunday night (Photo: Gemma Hazelwood/Antigua Observer).

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A fire at the Antigua base of regional airline LIAT destroyed a hangar, two office block buildings, and an aircraft, the company said early Monday morning.

The fire is reported to have started at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, the airline said in a statement.

“There are no reports of injury or loss of life. The Company is working with the investigative authorities of Antigua and Barbuda as well as the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) to ascertain the cause of the fire,” the company said in the statement.

“It is expected at this time that all flights will operate normally today, Monday June 11,” the airline further said, promising a further update at 10 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time Monday.

The Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported late Sunday night that residents in the area said they heard several explosions shortly before 10.30 p.m. and saw smoke billowing from the facility, located at the eastern edge of the V.C. Bird International Airport.

“More than two hours later, firefighters from the airport station and tenders and personnel from stations around the island were still trying to contain the dangerous fire and explosions continued to ring through the gutted hangar,” the CMC report said.

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3 thoughts on “Fire destroys hangar, office block, aircraft at LIAT base

  1. Spontaneous combustion,same sort of thing that happens at certain resorts…which always seems to coincide with not paying your workers,but pilots are decent even if they’re not getting what they’re supposed to get they wouldn’t burn down liat

    Posted by Jahu | June 11, 2012, 07:56
  2. According to WGEM in Quincy, Illinois, a “teenage boy” who bragged about burning down a HANGAR has been arrested.

    The station received a tip that the fire may have been started on purpose by a boy who bragged about starting the fire on the Police immediately narrowed down their search to every nearby 40 year old man who lives in their parents’ basement.

    The suspect in question called himself I AM FLOOR-CLOTH VINCYPOWA. Apparently JASON THE RACIST DUMBARSE was already taken.

    When some of the members claimed the posting was a fake, the “boy” posted pictures of himself starting the fire and bragged about starting another fire at THE FINANCIAL COMPLEX.

    Posted by Saadiss | June 11, 2012, 18:14
  3. SAADISS, they both have a perfect alibi, they were both out cottaging together, several other men can verify that.

    Posted by Peter | June 15, 2012, 20:55

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