Over 1,000 passengers and staff were quickly evacuated from the Khon Kaen provincial airport this morning after part of the terminal was engulfed with flames.
The airport still remains closed following the incident both arriving and departing flights have been diverted to Udon Thani airport.
Emergency services were called to the Khon Kaen airport which is in the Muang district as soon as the fire was discovered which was reported to be at 7am this morning.
The deputy investigator of the Ban Ped police department, Pol Capt Passakorn Khamphu said that when fire service personnel and officers arrived thick black smoke was billowing out of the terminal three building.
The fire reportedly started on the third floor of the terminal before spreading to the roof and air duct system.
Fire crews battled the blaze for over an hour before getting it under control and an initial assessment of the damage stated that over 40 percent of the roof has been destroyed, there was no report of anyone casualties as a result of the fire.
Once the fire broke out over 1,000 passengers were evacuated and 16 flights were affected by the fire.
According to the Provincial governor Somsak Jangtrakul the fire is believed to have originated in an electrical control room on the third floor of the terminal.
The building has been declared off limits due to the damage caused.
The damage is now being carefully inspected but the airport did reopen at 12:40pm utilising temporary passenger service booths to circumvent the damaged terminal building.
Source : Bangkokpost