Transformer fire at Newark Airport sparks partial terminal evacuation

NEWARK, N.J. — A transformer fire underneath Newark Liberty Airport caused evacuations in part of the terminal Friday, officials said.

The blaze started in a PSE&G manhole below a section of Terminal C. According to Newark Airport, the fire has been extinguished and smoky conditions remained for a time after. No injuries were reported.

The Terminal C-1 wing was evacuated but the rest of the terminal operated normally, including Terminals A and B, but because of weather conditions, the airport tells passengers to expect weather-related delays. Passengers are advised to check their airlines for the status of their flights.

Fire crews were on scene and Port Authority is working with PSE&G to put in emergency fixes. PSE&G had temporarily cut power at the terminal between 11:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., where backup generators were being used to supply power to the terminal, the airport said. The power has since been restored.

Passengers were being processed through security checkpoints but with significant delays while baggages are being processed with anticipated delays for inbound baggages, according to the airport. Crowds flooded security lines, weaving around two floors of the terminal.