JFK Terminal 4 Evacuated After Panda Express Fire Causes Smokey Terminal

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A kitchen fire erupted this afternoon at Panda Express at JFK’s Terminal 4 airport, home to Delta Air Lines. It’s unclear whether it was the orange chicken or the broccoli beef that caused flames to erupt and for the terminal to be filled with smoke. Panda Express is located at the entrance of the B gates near B23, meaning the whole terminal had to be evacuated.

Per NBC New York,

Part of a terminal at Kennedy Airport was evacuated and screening was shut down after a kitchen caught fire on Thursday afternoon, filling the area with smoke, officials said. 

In one video, flames could be seen shooting from the kitchen of Panda Express at Terminal 4 shortly before 4 p.m. 

Officials said there was a heavy smoke condition at Gate B23, and photos show smoke filling part of the terminal as firefighters douse the blaze from the building’s roof. 

Around 4 p.m., an announcement to passengers said TSA screening and the evacuated gates would be reopened.


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