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Flights at 3 Washington-area airports stopped briefly

Flights at three Washington-area airports were stopped briefly Sunday morning because of a fire at a regional air traffic control facility.

Flights were stopped for about 25 minutes at Reagan National, Dulles International and BWI airports. The Federal Aviation Administration said a refrigerator caught fire in an office area at an air traffic control facility for the Washington area.

The FAA said the outage affected fewer than 20 flights. Kimberly Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said the flights were stopped at about 9 a.m. BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean said the impact at BWI was minimal.

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