What can we learn from the Colorado Springs Airport Fire?
The first phone call to our company came in around 2AM Tuesday, April 17th. The caller told us the airport suffered a large fire on the 3rd story of the terminal building. The fire was put out, but the water from the fire sprinklers and the water the firefighters used left all three levels of the terminal soaked, with several areas flooded with standing water.
By 4AM, we had an inspector on site to meet with airport leadership and come up with an action plan to reopen the airport by the following morning at 4:30AM. Over 30 flights had to be cancelled on the 17th and airport leadership and the mayor had vowed to open the airport by the next day – quite a tall expectation to meet!
By 8AM our crews started the drying process. The first step was to extract all the standing water, remove non-salvageable carpeting, and then install drying equipment. To make the terminal more comfortable for travelers, we installed temporary carpeting in the terminal so passengers did not have to walk over bare (and potentially slippery) concrete.
The airport opened at 2:30AM 4/18, 2 hours ahead of schedule. The airport director told us he was extremely satisfied with the outcome.
The cause of the fire still remains unknown and repairs will continue for likely many more weeks. If one of your properties suffers a fire, large or small, you can count on SERVPRO to get you back in business quickly and make the damage “Like it never even happened.”