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Molten slag sparks fire at old tower at Charlotte Douglas Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

On Thursday, the Charlotte Fire Department extinguished a fire that broke out at the old control tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The tower was retired after the current tower began operations in February 2022, and it’s slated for demolition.

CFD responded to the fire on Josh Birmingham Parkway where the old tower stands, directly opposite the terminal. When CFD arrived, they found heavy plumes of smoke coming from the tower and four construction workers were trapped inside.

CFD said the fire was caused by an accident after molten slag from hot work dropped down an elevator shaft and made contact with foam insulation.

Firefighters managed to put out the fire quickly, and CFD said the construction workers evacuated the tower on their own and did not require any medical attention.

CFD also said the fire didn’t halt airport operations.

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Kenny is a Maryland native who began his career in media as a sportswriter at Tuskegee University, covering SIAC sports working for the athletic department and as a sports correspondent for the Tuskegee Campus Digest. Following his time at Tuskegee, he was accepted to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program as a Marketing Intern for The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2017.