Fire Forces Evacuation at Lambert

Terminal 1 evacuated for over 2 hours

Brian Kelly
January 13, 2019 - 11:30 am
Firefighters fighting fire in roof at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

(Courtesy: Fly STL)

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ST. LOUIS-(KMOX) - A fire in the roof forced the evacuation of terminal one at St. Louis Lambert International Airport for over two hours Sunday morning. 

Airport Spokesman Jeff Lea tells KMOX the fire broke out before 7:30 in the domed roof.

"It appears to be the under roofing material between the structure and the copper roof, which is the top layer." 

Lea says more than 130 firefighters from several departments were called to the scene.

In a statement, Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says, "We know this was a difficult fire to attack. They were operating on a sloped, copper roof with snow." Firefighters had to cut through the roof to reach the flames. 

There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.

Passengers and airport employees were relocated to the parking garage and Metrolink service to the terminal was stopped. There were two flight diversions. 

The evacuation came as the airport was trying to recover from the numerous cancellations caused by the storm that dumped over ten inches of snow on the region Friday night and Saturday. Lea says after the evacuation was lifted, the TSA was using K-9's to expedite the screening process.