However, fire fighters received the call at around 1.15 AM, police and fire brigade officials said. It took more than four hours and 33 fire tenders to contain the blaze, they said, adding the fire was finally doused at around 6.30 AM. No casualties have been reported.
The offices of Air Sri Lanka, Air Thai and Air Philippines is believed to have been gutted in the fire.
The first floor of the cargo building that houses the offices of 10 airlines and the HR department of Celebi, was completely gutted, the officials said. The maintenance staff initially tried to douse the flames with the fire fighting arrangements at the cargo complex but failed to contain the fire, the sources added.