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Logan resumes full schedule after crews restore fuel system

Fire crews worked to contain a fire at a fuel storage area at Logan Airport on Tuesday.

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

Fire crews worked to contain a fire at a fuel storage area at Logan Airport on Tuesday.

Logan International Airport is back on a regular schedule today after crews restored the fuel supply system that was shut down as a safety precaution Tuesday when a fire broke out in a fuel pump, Massport officials said.

“When the fuel system came back on line at 5:55 a.m. this morning, the airline schedule was showing very few cancellations and really none related to fuel issues,” Ed Freni, Massport aviation director, said in a telephone interview.

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He said airlines are operating on a regular schedule and Massport expects to handle its usual load of about 1,100 flights.

According to Freni, the cause of the fire is still being investigated. He said investigators currently suspect a bearing overheated inside the large fuel pump, igniting the pump itself, but not fuel.

“There were no explosions, which was great,’’ said Freni.

The fire, which sent black clouds of smoke billowing skyward and could be seen for miles, was discovered around 5 p.m. Tuesday and brought under control around 5:30 p.m. by Massport firefighters, who coated the pump area with fire-surpressing foam.

Freni said during the repair and reboot of the system, a leak in the system was discovered around 4 a.m., but that was repaired. He said the fuel system is on Massport property but is managed by a consortium of airlines, which is responsible for maintaining the equipment.

The shutdown of the fuel system forced three international airlines to cancel a total of three flights, Freni said. Domestic airlines consolidated some flights and flew in aircraft with larger than usual amounts of fuel to compensate for the shortage.

Freni said hotels around Logan were full when the cancellations started being made, forcing the agency to provide 190 cots to stranded travelers. He said the majority of those stranded were international travelers from the three flights, which were expected to leave Logan today.

About 15 percent of flights Tuesday night were canceled or delayed because airlines could not fuel or refuel their aircraft, according to Massport.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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