Huge fire and 'explosions' at asylum seeker centre near Geneva Airport

20 May 2022, 17:43 | Updated: 21 May 2022, 01:03

By Daisy Stephens

A large fire has broken out at an asylum seeker reception centre near Geneva Airport.

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The centre was currently under construction, an airport spokesperson said.

Huge plumes of black smoke can be seen billowing into the sky.

There have also been reports of multiple explosions at the scene.

Emergency services have rushed to the scene.

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A spokesperson for the airport told AFP the fire was "creating a lot of smoke" and appeared to be at the site of a new reception centre for asylum seekers "outside the airport perimeter".

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Onlookers have reported being able to see and smell "acrid" smoke from Plainpalais, several kilometres away.

Geneva Airport is the country's second busiest airport.

Flights have been disrupted and will remain so until at least 8.30pm, according to the arrival board at the airport.

All landings have been suspended and take-offs are being left to the discretion of pilots.

Some planes have been diverted, including to Lyon and Basel, according to reports.