Fire Torches 17 Cars in Newark Liberty Airport Parking Garage
At least 17 cars went up in a blaze at Newark Liberty International Airport. The fire occurred at a parking garage near Terminal C around 7 a.m. on Thursday in the midst of the freezing winter weather, NBC 4 reported.
Firefighters worked diligently to put out out the fire quickly, even with wind chills close to -15 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, there are no injuries reported, but of the 17 cars involved in the fire, all but two of them have been totaled, according to NBC 4.
NorthJersey.com reported that level one of the Terminal C parking garage and the Terminal C roadway were shut down around 7 a.m. in order to attend to the fire, and visitors were asked to use levels two and three to pick up passengers.
Around 10:30 a.m., the Terminal C roadway was reopened to passengers, according to a tweet by the official Newark Liberty Twitter account.
However, the parking garage still remains closed at the time this article was written. Passengers impacted by both the fire and icy conditions outside are being assisted at the level one taxi stand.
Airport operations were not impacted by the fire, though there are a number of flight delays and cancellations due to the polar vortex and winter storms in the Midwest.
People who were able to see the fire shared footage on social media.
Chicago is also having its fair share of fire and ice. On Wednesday, train tracks in the city were literally set on fire when workers decided to douse ropes in kerosene in order to get switching mechanisms to work in the freezing air.
The cause of the Newark fire is still unknown, but is under investigation, according to NBC News.