Colorado Springs Airport cancels commercial flights after rooftop fire


A fire that burned atop the Colorado Springs Airport roof overnight has cancelled all commercial flights on Tuesday, officials said.

Twenty-six arriving flights and 30 departures were cancelled Tuesday, said airport spokeswoman Aidan Ryan.

Airport officials will announce later in the afternoon after assessing the situation whether Wednesday flights are impacted, as well.

The Colorado Springs Airfield, general aviation and all military operations remain open Tuesday.

“We’re working as quickly as possible to get the airport back to operation, even if we can’t do full operation,” Ryan said.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department first tweeted about the fire Monday night at 11:24 p.m., saying the flames had been “knocked down.”

The building was safely evacuated, according to airport officials, and no injuries were reported.

The airport listed the contact information for its various airlines so impacted travelers could re-book their flights:

United can be reached at 877-624-3653
Frontier can be reached at 303-481-2550
Delta can be reached at 800-221-1212
American Airlines can be reached at 800-446-7843

At 3:27 a.m., the airport said the fire was fully contained.

Fire on the roof of the Colorado Springs Airport knocked down, crews searching for extension. No injuries reported at this time. pic.twitter.com/rsBdhwGmuV

— LT 73 PIO CSFD (@CSFD_PIO73) April 17, 2018

Just after 6:30 a.m., the airport had been cleared to begin assessment of fire, smoke and water damage.

“They had to cut through parts of the roof,” Ryan said. The third floor where admin is is not habitable.”

Most of the damage is on the west half of the airport terminal building, Ryan said.

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