Firefighters battling the blaze

A fire that shut down and extensively damaged Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Airport — a major travel hub in Africa that is crucial to Kenya’s export industry — appeared to have restarted early Thursday.

CNN Correspondent Nima Elbagir saw smoke behind the arrivals area and a small fire that seemed to be getting bigger.

There was no immediate word from authorities about the new fire.

Large parts of the international terminal were destroyed by the massive blaze that broke out before dawn Wednesday. The fire engulfed the terminal, Ken Mijungu of CNN affiliate NTV reported, before firefighters got it under control.

No casualties were reported. Authorities later said the fire was contained, and domestic flights resumed in the afternoon.

Video from NTV in the aftermath showed the burned-out interior of the international arrivals section with the roof caved in.

International arrivals were supposed to resume Thursday from a different part of the airport, according to Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, but it wasn’t clear how the rekindled fire Thursday morning would affect them.

There was no information about when departures would begin.

The blaze could have a serious impact on the flow of tourists into the country and the export of agricultural products. Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, is a major travel hub in Africa, and fresh fruits and vegetables are exported from there to Europe by plane many times a week.

President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the scene Wednesday and reassured the aviation industry and local and international travelers that everything was being done to get back to normal, Secretary of Communications Manoah Esipisu said.


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