Refrigerator Fire Causes Airport Ground Stop

15 flights affected Sunday morning

A fire in an office refrigerator at an FAA facility in Warrenton led to a ground stop at all three major Washington-area airports early Sunday morning.

The agency confirmed that the fire broke out at the Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON), which handles flights to the D.C. area. The ground stop was officially put in place at 8:40 a.m. Sunday and lasted for approximately 25 minutes.

The fire did not result in any injuries and affected only 15 flights. All other traffic was overseen by the FAA's Washington Center.

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