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Part of Terminal 4 at New York’s JFK Airport was evacuated and shut down this afternoon after a grease fire at a restaurant inside the terminal sent smoke throughout its corridors. According to reports, the fire broke out at a Panda Express in the terminal, and since the initial reports, the airport has closed the security checkpoint and departure level.
#JFK Terminal 4 had a restaurant fire. The security checkpoint and departure level is closed. 
— Kennedy Airport (@JFKairport) June 29, 2017
The FDNY acknowledged the fire and reported that they were responding on Twitter.
FDNYalerts QNS ALL HANDS JFK, (JFK AIRPORT) GREASE FIRE,
— FDNYalerts (@FDNYAlerts) June 29, 2017
Scenes that are coming out of the airport show an extremely smoky terminal.
One passenger reported that his flight was continuing to board even with the massive amounts of smoke around the gate.
Smoke filling up terminal 4 at JFK. Our flight continues to board pic.twitter.com/XzU5LvkoX6
— Allan Townsend (@allantowns) June 29, 2017
It’s not clear at this point if there are any injuries, but it appears to be quite a chaotic scene in the departures area.
If you have a flight departing from JFK’s Terminal 4 this afternoon, it’ll be best to check with your carrier before heading to the airport.
We’ll update this post as more information comes in…
Featured image of JFK’s Terminal 4 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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