Two Atlanta firefighters suffered injuries during the Atlanta Airport fire that drew them to the massive facility on Sept. 3, but fortunately they did not suffer serious injuries.
Hartsfield-Jackson, dubbed the busiest airport in the world due to the 95 million people who pass through it in any given year, suffered extensive smoke problems from the blaze that was easily extinguished. And it was that smoke inhalation threat that resulted in the rerouting of passengers for the most part.
No other injuries were reported other than the two firemen, who slipped and fell due to the water standing on the floor as the fire was being extinguished.
Flight schedules were maintained despite the inconvenience to passengers, and authorities are now looking into what caused the escalator to start burning. They believe it may have been the escalator motor that caused the problem.
Aviation Pros reported on Sept. 1 that Hartsfield-Jackson spent approximately $30 million on airport improvements to accommodate the Airbus A380 super jumbo jet recently, which included gate modifications on Concourse E.
It was the T Concourse escalator that sustained the fire damage, however. And security lines, while originally slow moving as a result, are said to be shortening now that the fire has been put out.