NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A maintenance truck parked at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport caught fire Saturday afternoon causing an evacuation of the concourse.
Newport News Fire Department spokesman Robert Craft said city crews responded to the airport at 3:32 p.m. to assist the airport fire department for a vehicle fire. While en route, the fire was upgraded to a commercial fire.
Crews arrived to find a pickup truck used by airport maintenance crews had caught fire near the terminal. Craft said smoke from the fire spread into the nearby concourse, which caused the upgrade in the call. Newport News crews helped remove a slight haze of smoke from inside the concourse, he said.
Jessica Wharton, director of marketing and public affairs for the airport, said staff evacuated concourse B for about one hour because of the smoke. In addition, passengers on two arriving flights were held on the planes until the smoke had cleared. Wharton said those passengers waited an extra 20 to 30 minutes before unloading.
The airport's other concourse had been closed for construction.
No one suffered injuries in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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