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Fire Forces Evacuation Of Salt Lake Airport Concourse, Control Tower

October 10, 1995

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A small fire forced the evacuation Monday of about 1,000 people from the Salt Lake City International Airport and shut down its control tower.

Airport Authority Operations Superintendent Ron Malin did not know how many flights were delayed.

The concourse serving American Airlines, Northwest, America West, Vanguard and some Continental flights was evacuated for about 90 minutes, he said.

Many of those flights were redirected to other concourses.

People also were briefly evacuated from the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control tower as a precaution. A ramp tower for Delta Airlines directed planes until the control tower reopened, Malin said.

Hot cigarette butts in a garbage can caused the 2 p.m. fire in a storage closet of a third-floor restaurant, Airport police Lt. Dave Korzep said.

Malin said damage was contained to the closet.