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Fire Closes RDU International Airport

Posted October 31, 1996

— Fire broke out in a hangar Thursday afternoon at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, burning two airplanes and closing the airport for about 30 minutes..

All available firefighting equipment was at the scene, which led to the closing of the airport. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation. The fire started when a single-engine aircraft caught fire inside a hangar owned by Raleigh Flying Service.

The burning hangar was situated close to the airport's control tower. The blaze, which started about 5:30 p.m., was brought under control by 6 p.m.

``We had all of our fire units at the scene,'' said RDU spokesman Rick Martinez. ``If something else happened, we couldn't have responded to it.''

Seven aircraft were in the hangar when the fire broke out, but one was removed from the building shortly after the fire started, Martinez said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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