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False alarm forces evacuation at Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field was evacutated Saturday morning after an alarm sounded. No fire was discovered.
Dallas Love Field was evacutated Saturday morning after an alarm sounded. No fire was discovered. WFAA

A false alarm caused a brief evacuation of Dallas Love Field travelers and flight delays Saturday morning, according to official tweets and media reports.

People waited outside the airport for about 90 minutes before Dallas Fire Rescue concluded that there was no fire and gave the all-clear just after 11 a.m, according to reports.

Temperatures were in the 90s Saturday morning and a heat advisory is in effect in North Texas through the weekend. Fire officials said no one suffered heat-related health problems, Star-Telegram media partner WFAA reported.

The airport tweeted about 10 a.m. during the evacuation: “Please be patient. The Dallas Fire Rescue Department is investigating for all’s safety. No fire found at this moment. Safety first.”

Southwest Airlines said in a statement after the evacuation ended: “We will experience some flight delays as we wait for the airport to be assessed and then work to accommodate customers who are affected by the evacuation. Arriving customers will also experience delays as a result of the situation. We appreciate passenger patience as we work through the event.”

There appeared to be some confusion over re-entry, according to WFAA.

Jose Luis Torres, a public information officer with Love Field, said the airport was beginning the process of letting people back in around 10:20 a.m. The airport posted on Twitter that it was waiting for an OK from the Fire Department around the same time, the station reported.

The airport tweeted a photo of a mostly empty TSA queue at around 1 p.m., praising the security workers for clearing the lines quickly.

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST

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