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Crews respond to small fire at Yeager Airport

CHARLESTON (AP) — The terminal at Charleston’s Yeager Airport was briefly evacuated after a small electrical fire near the control tower.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the fire occurred Thursday in an equipment room next to the room where FAA radar controllers handle flights.

The FAA says the tower manager extinguished the fire. The facility’s alarm alerted the fire department.

No one was injured and the tower was evacuated for 20 minutes.

Airport spokesman Brian Belcher says the National Guard and Charleston firefighters responded.

The terminal was cleared out for about 15 minutes and operations were back to normal by 3 p.m.

FAA says one flight departed while the tower was evacuated. An FAA air traffic control center in Indianapolis handled flights in the meantime.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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