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Wellington Airport evacuated and flights delayed after terminal fills with smoke

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Report from RNZ
Wellington International Airport was evacuated this morning after smoke was detected in the terminal.

A dodgy light fitting was suspected to be the cause of the smoke leading to an evacuation just after 8.30am.

Fire and Emergency shift manager Chris Dalton said they were alerted just after 8.30am. He said five pumping trucks, two ladder trucks and a command unit attended in addition to the three appliances based at the airport.

Dalton said the fire had been extinguished but the terminal was smoke logged.

Flights resumed from 10am but some were running hours behind schedule.

The Koru Club was not evacuated as it was not in the affected fire zone.