Mali — A bush fire which encroached into the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on Monday, claimed the life of a fire fighter attached to the airports fire service department and left several others severely burnt. Sources at the airport said the fire started as a result of bush burning activities by some unidentified people. Airport authorities, however, said the incident is being investigated, adding that details of their findings will be made public.
The Public Affairs Manager of the airport, who gave his name as A. Shawai, confirmed that one person died in an attempt to extinguish the fire which was spreading towards the runway of the airport. He declined to name the victims. As at the time of this report, a management meeting, chaired by the airport manager, Mohammed Ali-Nock, was going on to discuss the development.
Officials of the fire service found it difficult to put out the fire and had to seek the support of the state service to be able to effectively tackle the inferno. The fire caused some damage on the airport runaway. This development could lead to the temporary closure of the airport.