A grease fire inside a JFK Airport branch of Panda Express caught fire this afternoon, causing Port Authority police to evacuate a portion of the international airport. According to NY Daily News, the fire erupted at around 3:30 p.m. near gates B23 and B25, inside JFK’s Terminal 4.
Responders were able to immediately control the fire, but a cloud of heavy smoke filled the terminal, causing the evacuation, Daily News reports. The Port Authority closed the terminal’s security checkpoint and entire departure level, allowing travelers to return as the smoke began to dissipate.
JFK’s Terminal 4 is the airport’s largest, servicing over 30 international and domestic airlines. No injuries have been reported. Stay tuned as information becomes available.