Airport evacuated amid fire scare

The Owen Roberts International Airport was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after smoke was spotted in the construction area next to the terminal.

The smoke is believed to have resulted from smoldering insulation material during steel work for the construction project.

Contractor Arch and Godfrey is in the midst of the first phase of construction on the multiyear project to expand the airport.

The contractor’s designated fire watchman stopped the steel work and two fire extinguishers were used to smother the insulation after the smoke was spotted, according to a statement from the Cayman Islands Airports Authority.

The fire service arrived on the scene shortly after. No damage was reported during the incident and the all-clear was given just before 2 p.m., just over an hour after the first reports of smoke.

The CIAA said in a statement, “The construction team’s response was in accordance with the CIAA’s work safety plan and hot works permit which includes having fire extinguishers near the hot works area as well as a designated fire watchman to monitor the works. The CIAA also met its safety requirement to have the airport evacuated within five minutes of any incident. The Airports Authority would like to thank their customers and airport partners for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused.”