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Gatwick Airport terminal evacuated after coach fire
2:17pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
Passengers have had to be evacuated from a terminal at Gatwick Airport after a coach caught fire.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the stricken vehicle as passengers filed out of the north terminal.
Gatwick said that the rail shuttle service between its north and south terminals had been temporarily suspended due to the fire.
Witness Sophie Burnett told ITV News: "The fire began around 12 o'clock (noon). They began by shutting the shops closest like Boots and M&S.
"They then evacuated the whole of North Terminal landside and have stopped all public transport coming over to the terminal including the shuttle and the public bus services.
"They're currently trying to isolate the smoke from the building."
Later, a Gatwick spokesman said the fire, which was tackled by fire crews from the airport and from West Sussex Fire Brigade, had been put out .
The spokesman went on: "The fire was on a coach outside the North Terminal building. Some smoke did enter the lower levels of the terminal and we did evacuate people from that area.
"The check-in areas were not affected and the incident did not have an effect on flights."
Sussex Police said the fire involved a National Express coach and no one had been reported injured.
Their statement said: "Investigations continue but at this time the fire is not being treated as suspicious."
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