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Fire at Logan Airport fuel pumps strands planes

BOSTON – A fire at Boston Logan International Airport’s fuel pumps sent thick, black smoke into the air on Tuesday, forced some international flights to make stops elsewhere to refuel and stranded a handful of planes on the ground.

No injuries were reported after the fire, which was quickly contained, and the airport continued to operate.

One of more than a dozen fuel pumps was engulfed in flames, and the airport’s underground fuel system was temporarily suspended as a precaution. International flights made stops on their way into Logan to get more fuel. Domestic airlines ferried fuel in.

A few planes, mostly international flights, landed at the airport low on fuel and were stranded.

The fire broke out Tuesday evening, and firefighters had it under control about a half-hour later, airport operator Massport said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but there’s lots of surveillance in the area and the fire wasn’t considered suspicious, Massport aviation director Ed Freni said.

Logan is New England’s largest transportation center, handling tens of millions of passengers each year. The fuel pump that was engulfed in flames will be out of service for a while as crews work to clean up about 1,000 gallons of foam used to put out the fire, Freni said.

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