JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Flames roared through Kenya's major international airport in Nairobi early Wednesday, gutting the entire structure, Kenyan officials said.
Flights were diverted as the main terminal was engulfed in a wall of fire and thick black smoke poured into the sky. The terminal appeared to have been destroyed.
Kenya's Interior Ministry said on Twitter shortly after 9 a.m. that the fire was under control:
— Interior Ministry (@InteriorKE) August 7, 2013
The fire broke out at around 5 a.m., according to local media.
The Kenya Airports Authority reported the fire at dawn on Twitter.
The Daily Nation newspaper reported that fire hydrants at the scene failed and firefighting units lacked adequate water to fight the inferno.