Update on Today's Evacuation:
At 4:30 pm today a UPS harmonic filter in the server room of the terminal building failed. This resulted in some smoke which caused the smoke detector to activate. As a result WAA protocols were followed and the building was evacuated.
Winnipeg Fire crews responded quickly and assessed the situation. After the assessment Winnipeg Fire provided clearance for passengers and employees to re-entered the building.
Initially the understanding was that an air conditioner unit in the server room of the airport was the cause of the smoke. This was because work was being done on this unit earlier in the day. Upon further assessment it was the UPS harmonic filter in the server room that caused the smoke.
WAA apologizes for the delays and appreciates the understanding of passengers traveling through the airport today. WAA will be doing a comprehensive review of today's procedures with our airport campus partners to see where we can make improvements in the future.