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Airport fire in east Indian metropolis under investigation; no injuries reported

A fire at India’s major eastern airport hub in Kolkata filled the departure lounge with smoke late Wednesday and prompted a brief evacuation of travelers, the airport authority said. There were no injuries, and the fire’s cause was under investigation.

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Air India aircraft stand at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2011. A fire was reported at Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport in Kolkata late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)

The minor fire was extinguished within a half-hour and normal operations were expected to resume quickly, the Kolkata airport authority said in a tweet. Television images from earlier in the day showed the fire leaping out from a portion of the airport’s departure terminal.

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