I didn’t set fire to the airport, declares Pattni

Smoke billows from the arrivals unit of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport August 7, 2013. Goldenberg architect Kamlesh Pattni has distanced himself from the Wednesday airport fire which destroyed property worth millions of shillings and left thousands of travellers stranded. PHOTO/ZADOCK ANGIRA

What you need to know:

  • Top government officials, including Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and Transport Secretary Michael Kamau, together with US Ambassador Robert Godec, visited the airport to assess the damage and recovery progress.
  • In May this year, the investigators said security officers at JKIA intercepted 134 strangers who were using the VIP lounges for unspecified business.
  • Airport personnel at the site on Wednesday morning say that it quickly became obvious that evacuation was necessary to avert human casualties. In addition, aircraft that were near buildings were moved further afield and jet fuel hydrants shut to avert an even bigger disaster.
  • According to the report, which gives a blow-by-blow account of the events, after 15 minutes they decided to evacuate JKIA as the fire spread to the baggage handling system, customs office and commercial areas of international arrivals. President Kenyatta has since ruled out terrorism as the cause of the fire.

Goldenberg architect Kamlesh Pattni has distanced himself from the Wednesday airport fire which destroyed property worth millions of shillings and left thousands of travellers stranded.

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