Chaos at Stansted as airport cancels ALL flights until midnight and 'politely asks' thousands of passengers to leave and re-book after shuttle bus blaze

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Passengers earlier reported being stuck outside the airport, with Sarah Hinch asking Ryanair on Twitter: 'We were due on the 6.30 pm flight to Dublin is it delayed? We can’t get into the terminal.'

Jan Graversen, who was due to be flying to Copenhagen, said there was 'gridlock' in the car park outside, while Aileen Prendergast said she was 'locked out of the terminal'. 

Italo Calvino also reported 'gridlock' just 200 metres away from the Stansted car park. At least one flight, a Eurowings trip to Hannover, Germany, has been cancelled because of the fire. 

Winnie Agbonlahor said she had been waiting to leave the train station for 25 minutes because of the earlier evacuation, while Zak Johnson said he had been sitting and standing in queues for two hours in the aftermath of the accidental fire, which Stansted Airport said had been caused by an electrical fault.

Stansted Airport said all passengers were being 're-screened' with holidaymakers pictured waiting in the terminal, but later announced all flights had been cancelled and told passengers to re-book their flights. 

National Rail also reported disruption on trains to the airport, with some services cancelled on the Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street.

A Stansted spokesperson told MailOnline: 'A shuttle bus caught fire on the terminal forecourt. The fire is now out but smoke from the fire went into the terminal building meaning we had to evacuate parts of the terminal.'

There are no reports of any injuries, the airport confirmed. The fire and rescue service said the bus was destroyed and the front of the airport building suffered smoke damage. 

The area was immediately sealed off as the airport's own fire crews and appliances from Essex fire and rescue tackled the blaze. 


One witness wrote on social media: 'Smoke billowing across the terminal building at #stansted airport - police diverting traffic away from the terminal.'

Sharing footage on Twitter, another passenger said it looked like a 'fireball' had gone up over the airport, while another user said there were 'massive flames' at the scene. 

Another video taken at the scene showed a view through the terminal door of the fire raging outside. 

One person said they were stuck at border control and could see the smoke outside. 

Julia Buckley said: 'In arrivals. Saw thick smoke as plane was landing. Can't see anything from here. Can smell smoke though. But atmosphere is calm'. 

Four fire engines from the Essex Fire Service attended the blaze. 

A statement from the fire service said: 'Crews reported on arrival that a bus, positioned outside the terminal entrance, was well alight.

'Due to the volume of smoke, the terminal was partially evacuated while firefighters extinguished the fire.

'The fire was extinguished completely by 5.02pm. Firefighters are still at the scene using thermal imaging cameras to ensure there are no remaining hotspots in the area.' 

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