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Charlotte airport control tower catches fire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJZY) – A 2-alarm fire was reported Thursday morning at the former FAA control tower at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, authorities confirmed.

The Charlotte Fire Department responded to calls about the incident around 8:10 a.m. Emergency crews arrived to find “heavy smoke” coming from the tower, the department said.


An image of the scene, shared by Charlotte Fire, appeared to show smoke billowing from the upper half of the structure, partially enveloping the glass cabin at the top of the tower.

(Charlotte Fire Department)

The ministry added that four construction workers were inside the building when the fire broke out and they briefly “trapped”, but all “self-evacuated and did not require medical attention.”

The fire was extinguished about 10 minutes after firefighters arrived, Charlotte Fire said.

The cause of the fire has not been revealed. An investigation is underway.

The airport, for its part, was not affected by the fire on Thursday morning. CLT had opened a new FAA control tower in 2022, to house new workspaces and new technologies.

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