A ground shutdown at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has been lifted and fuel is once again flowing to planes after a fire at a fuel pumping facility ignited Friday morning.
The airport said Friday morning its Public Service Department responded to the fire immediately, shutting down the pump and extinguishing the flames.
An FAA spokesperson said the fire occurred at the fuel farm on the west side of the airport. The airport said that before fuel service can be restored, it would have to perform security checks on the system. The airport said shortly before 1 p.m. that operations had been restored and they were starting to send fuel to planes again.
“It will take some time for refueling operations to return to normal. Travelers should continue to check with their airline for flight updates,” he added. the airport said on Twitter.
Airport officials did not say what started the fire. No injuries were announced.
The disruption came as some travelers like Elaine Brown were already facing a series of weather-related delays. Brown had a connection at DFW Airport Thursday on his home in Virginia Beach. His flight was moved to Friday.
“I got here at 10:30 a.m. and now my flight is supposed to leave at 3:05 a.m., but it was supposed to leave at 12:15 p.m.,” Brown said. “I’m disabled. They don’t make it easy for disabled people to fly, you know…that’s why everyone wants to drive to their destination. It’s too far for me to drive. I’m in mission. I have been in New Mexico for six months. All I want to do is go home.
Andrew Khalil and his wife were trying to fly to Florida for a wedding on Friday, but their original flight to Orlando was canceled. Two other flights that were booked were also later cancelled.
Khalil, who is traveling with her two young sons, said their plan was to catch the first flight on Saturday morning.
“Thank goodness we’re in the same town we live in, so these boys have their cribs and things when we get home,” he said. “I don’t think it was under anyone’s control, so it was unfortunate circumstances, but I don’t think there was anything else they could have done.”
Travelers entering and leaving DFW on Friday are urged to check their flight status as airport delays tend to have cascading effects across the country.