9:40am: The cause of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Fire is yet to be established.
9:30am: The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Fire has been contained and so far no causalities have been reported.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Fire is reported to have started at 4:35 this morning at the international arrivals building.
9: 00am Jomo Kenyatta International Airport remains closed indefinitely. Fire at International Arrivals terminal has been contained
08:55am President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport under tight security
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived at Kenya’s main airport has been closed following a dawn fire that destroyed its arrivals unit on Wednesday.
A major fire broke out at 5am and a combined fire brigade was still battling it three hours later. The airport has been cordoned off by the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) and air operations suspended.
Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo, who spoke to reporters from the airport, confirmed the closure described the inferno as “so serious.”
Head of Security at Kenya Airports Authority Eric Kiraithe said: “By our own standards this is so big.”
An airport official who arrived there at 5am said he found smoke billowing from the terminal.
The fire is said to have started from the Immigration area.
Another official said that water hydrants had failed.
There is no departure while flights that were to land at JKIA are being diverted to Moi International Airport, Mombasa and Kisumu International Airport.
Officials at the Kenya Airports Authority, which runs the airport, the airport was sealed off as emergency services were scrambled. Ambulances were seen leaving the airport and it is not clear if they were carrying casualties.
“The fire was huge and we do not know what caused it. Let the public avoid the area,” said Kiraithe
The fire happened a day after thousands of passengers were on Monday night stranded at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after a hitch with fuel supply to planes.
Several flights were cancelled after the pipeline supplying fuel to the airport malfunctioned. It is definitely going to affect operations again.
A fire has broken out at the main international airport in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) had been closed and passengers evacuated.
Images posted on Twitter showed smoke and flames billowing from one of the main buildings.
There have been no reports of any casualties and the cause of the fire is not clear.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an important regional hub for East Africa, with many long-distance flights landing there to connect to countries across the region.
The BBC’s David Okwembah, who is at the airport, says a lot of ambulances are rushing to the scene as well as fire engines.
He said a junior police officer told the BBC the fire had started at the airport’s immigration offices, although this has not been confirmed.
A statement from the airport authority said: “We confirm reports of a fire at JKIA affecting part of [the] international arrivals building and Unit 1 departures.
“KAA Fire and Rescue Team is on [the] ground being assisted by G4S and Nairobi Fire Brigade. Passengers have been evacuated to safety.”
Mutea Iringo, a senior official at the interior and national co-ordination ministry, also confirmed “a serious fire” at JKIA, adding: “We are doing everything possible to avert a crisis.
“Apart from emergency landings, all flights into and out of JKIA have been cancelled… [the] airport has been shut down.”
The KAA said only emergency vehicles were allowed in the area.