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AND the fuel pump caught fire at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Friday, forcing a ground stop and hundreds of flight delays in one of the country’s busiest centers, officials said.

As of 4 p.m. CET, there were at least 755 flight delays to or from DFW, a disproportionate 19.2 percent of the 3,916 delayed flights across the United States on Friday, according to data from Houston-based tracking company FlightAware. .

DFW was the first to tweet about the fire at 10:55 a.m., noting that first responders were immediately “able to extinguish the fire and shut down the affected pump.”

“A fire occurred this morning at the DFW Airport fueling facility located on the west side of the airport,” the FAA said in a statement.

“The fire has been extinguished. However, the fuel lines are currently closed as the airport conducts a security check. All inbound flights are delayed at the departure airport due to a lack of available fuel.”

By 12:42 p.m., DFW said the fuel pump is back up but overall operations will still be behind schedule for most of the day.

“The airline’s fuel contractor has resumed operations at their facility and they are now shipping fuel to aircraft,” the airport said in a statement. “It will take some time to get the gas station back to normal.”

DFW traveler Frank Plunkett was startled by the wail of sirens outside his hotel Friday morning, not knowing it would lead to an hours-long delay getting home to Philadelphia.

“I saw all kinds of fire trucks going to the airport, and I didn’t know where they were going from where I was in downtown Dallas,” said Plunkett, who teaches law at Pierce College in Philadelphia.

“But I thought, ‘That’s a lot of fire trucks going somewhere.’ I had no idea how it would affect my day.”

DFW is served 62.6 million passengers last yearmaking it the second-busiest airport, with only Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serving more traffic, according to Airports Council International.

Maya Brown and Jay Blackman contributed to.