Maintenance vehicle catches fire at Midway International Airport

CHICAGO (CBS) — A maintenance vehicle caught fire in the middle of the field at Midway International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Airport officials said the vehicle was being driven by an electrician when it caught fire. No one was hurt.

The vehicle was burning at 4:45 p.m. along Runway 31R in Midway. A plume of black smoke billowed from the vehicle.

Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out the fire. The fire proved stubborn, continuing to burn as the jets of water extinguished it.

Fire crews then applied the dry chemical agent Purple-K to fight the blaze. Fire-fighting foam covered the grass along the track like snow.

Vehicle fire closes runway at Midway International Airport


The maintenance vehicle was destroyed by fire and left completely charred.

No aircraft were involved in the fire, but runways 31R and 4L were closed for some time afterwards. But no flights were affected and the airport was back to normal by Tuesday evening.

CHECK: Midway Airport Information

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A vehicle is on fire on the runway at Midway International Airport. Chopper 2 is on hand to find out what’s going on.

Posted by CBS Chicago on Tuesday, September 6, 2022


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