Fire at FAA facility leads to brief ground stop at 3 D.C. area airports

WASHINGTON – A small fire at a regional air traffic control facility Sunday morning caused a brief ground stop at all three D.C. area airports.

A refrigerator caught fire in an office area at the Potomac TRACON facility, which controls the area’s airspace.

The ground stop only lasted about 25 minutes, and affected fewer than 20 flights at Reagan National, Dulles International and BWI Marshall airports.

Kimberly Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says the flights were stopped about 9 a.m. BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean says the impact at BWI was minimal.

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