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Fire that shut down flights in Chicago was intentionally set

Posted by wlpo on September 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – A fire at an Aurora air traffic control facility that shut down the city’s two airports was intentionally set by a contract employee according to investigators.

The early morning fire forced the evacuation of the control center. Emergency crews found a man in the basement with a self-inflicted wound and took him to a hospital.

The man was a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration. Aurora’s police chief says it was not a terrorist act and that the investigation is being run by the FBI.

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