New Delhi: A major fire swept through the cargo terminal of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here in the wee hours of Thursday, gutting offices of several international airlines but no cargo was lost.

The blaze erupted between 12.45 AM and 1:00 AM in the first floor of the cargo terminal, located near the Air Traffic Control (ATC) building, which houses offices of around 20 international airlines, including Air India, Air Sri Lanka and others.

Initially, airport sources said the maintenance staff tried to douse the flames with the fire fighting arrangements at the cargo complex but failed to contain the fire.

The fire brigade was informed at around 1.15 AM only, police and fire brigade officials said.]

"There is no damage to cargo. No cargo has been lost. No one was injured," a spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which operates the IGI Airport, said.

Thirty-three fire tenders were rushed to spot which doused the fire in five hours at around 6.30 AM.

The first floor of the cargo building that houses the offices of around 20 airlines and the HR department of Celebi, the ground handling services company which manages cargo operations at IGI Airport, was completely gutted.

"The fire broke out in the import section of the cargo. There are three buildings housing the import section and the fire broke out in the second building. All the offices have been gutted. There was no one in the office as it was night hours," the officials said.

The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained though a short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the blaze.

Asked about the quantum of damage, a DIAL spokesperson said it would be too premature to say anything and they were awaiting reports from airlines.

"We are yet to ascertain the damage. It could be done after airlines file their claims," the spokesperson said.

According to a statement issued by DIAL and Celibi, the fire broke out at 1:05 am at one of the airline offices on the first floor of the import side of the cargo terminal operated by Celebi.

Delhi Fire Service (DFS) and IGIA's airport fire-fighting teams reached the spot and doused the fire at around 4:45 am, they claimed.

"The area comprises only airline offices and hence, no cargo consignment has been affected in any way. The damage seems to be limited to office equipment and furniture," the statement said.

Export operations were suspended for around half an hour as a precautionary measure and have been normal, thereafter, it said, adding processing of import cargo could be slightly delayed as the concerned customs offices are located near the area affected by the fire.

"As of now the affected area has been declared out of bounds by Delhi Fire Service. The DFS will inspect the building and are likely to hand over the same for operations, thereafter. Detailed investigations will be conducted into the incident," the statement said.

(Agencies)