18 Treated for Smoke Inhalation After Small Fire Breaks Out at Kennedy Airport: FDNY

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014  |  Updated 9:52 PM EDT
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18 Treated for Smoke Inhalation at JFK: FDNY

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Eighteen people had to be treated for smoke inhalation when a small fire broke out at Kennedy Airport Tuesday evening, officials say.

Firefighters were called to put out the rubbish fire at the Lufthansa cargo building, the FDNY said. The fire was knocked out within a half-hour. 

Fourteen people were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, and four more people were taken to a local hospital, officials said. 

Earlier reports indicated there may have been a chemical spill at the airport, but it was apparently part of some initial confusion involving a separate cologne or fragrance spill, a Port Authority spokesman said. 

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