Coach catches fire at Gatwick Airport

Coach fire at Gatwick Airport
Image caption People were evacuated from the area outside the north terminal during the fire
Coach on fire at Gatwick Airport
Image caption Firefighters spent about 20 minutes tackling the flames
Passengers outside the north terminal at Gatwick
Image caption Passengers were allowed back into the building after the blaze was extinguished
Coach fire at Gatwick Airport
Image caption It is not yet known what caused the fire but police said it was "not suspicious"
Passenger entering Gatwick Airport
Image caption Gatwick Airport said making sure passengers caught flights was a priority

Gatwick Airport passengers were evacuated from an area near the north terminal when a coach caught fire.

It is not yet known what caused the fire outside the building at about 12:30 BST on Friday.

Gatwick Airport said fire crews quickly doused the flames and there were no reports of any injuries.

A spokeswoman said there was no disruption to services and their priority was to get all passengers affected on to their flights.

'Not suspicious'

She added: "There was a vehicle fire outside the north terminal and the West Sussex Fire Brigade in conjunction with Gatwick Airport Fire Service is currently on the scene and the fire has now been put out."

Image caption Firefighters spent about 20 minutes dousing the vehicle

The rail service between Gatwick's north and south terminals was temporarily halted while the blaze was being tackled by firefighters.

National Express said the vehicle was empty at the time of the fire.

A spokesman added: "We are working closely with the emergency services and will continue to assist them.

"We will also carry out our own thorough investigation to establish the cause of this highly unusual incident."

In a statement, Sussex Police said: "Just before 12:30 on Friday 9 August, emergency services went to the north terminal at Gatwick where a National Express coach had caught fire outside arrivals. The immediate area was cleared and fire was extinguished by 13:00.

"Nobody has been reported to have been injured. The terminal did not need to be evacuated and although there was some short term traffic congestion the backlog was cleared by about 13:20.

"Investigations continue, but at this time the fire is not being treated as suspicious."

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