ALICANTE Airport has been evacuated after a fire broke out causing flights to be diverted.
Hundreds of holidaymakers and staff are thought to have fled the building after the blaze.
Passenger Helen Oakwater said she was left waiting in the car park after being ushered out of the building.
She told Sun Online: “The fire seemed to be on a roof. It was above the boarding area.
“You could see smoke and flames and I watched for 20 minutes while eating.
“Took a while before they evacuated.”
Firefighters are still at the airport but no injuries are being reported.
A spokesman for the airport operator confirmed part of the roof of the terminal had caught fire, although the blaze is said to have originated in offices below.
The alarm was sounded around 2.30pm local time.
He added that two planes had been diverted to nearby airports in Valencia and Murcia.
A spokesman for the regional government’s emergency services team said: “The affected area was evacuated immediately.
“There are no injuries.
“The Emergency Coordination Centre has mobilised a basic life support ambulance as a preventative measure.
“Four firefighting teams from the municipal consortium and three employed by the provincial government are still working at the scene.”
The spokesman added: “The External Emergency Plan was activated so external resources could be mobilised.
“We understand the fire is under control.”
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