21 Jan 2016

Flooding and fire alarms at Auckland Airport

5:31 pm on 21 January 2016

A damaged sprinkler in a bio-security screening room at Auckland International Airport flooded several floors this afternoon, while an unrelated fire alarm saw 300 people evacuated, but no passengers were delayed.

The incidents sparked an extensive Fire Service callout to Auckland International Airport, with six fire engines and two specialist units sent to assist.

An airport spokesperson said it appeared a construction worker damaged the sprinkler in the Ministry for Primary Industries area, which went off just before 4pm and damaged two machines.

At about the same time there was an unrelated fire-alarm in the international departure area which forced 300 people to be evacuated for half an hour.

The spokesperson said no one missed their flights, and there were no delays.

An electrician is inspecting the machines.