FAA evacuates Love Field control tower after fire

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 24 at 12:58 PM

DALLAS - Take-offs and landings were suspended at Dallas Love Field after a small fire broke out in the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower Thursday afternoon.

It happened about 4 p.m. on the fifth level of the control tower, according to the FAA.

A spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue said firefighters extinguished the small fire after electrical equipment overheated.

An FAA spokesperson said air traffic controllers evacuated the tower for more than a half hour before returning to resume flights.

Seven flights were diverted during the fire.

Southwest Airlines told News 8 that 10 flights left Love Field about an hour late.

Love Field officials Tweeted: "We're ok, don't worry! Check with your airline for any info about delays."

E-mail: jwhitely@wfaa.com

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