United flight aborts takeoff at Newark airport due to fire

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NEWARK -- Newark airport was closed for a time after an engine fire on a United Airlines flight caused it to abort the jet's take off.

WPIX reports Flight 1579 was headed to San Francisco and halted take-off around 9:22 p.m Tuesday night.

The airport reopened around 10:45 p.m.

Smoke was seen coming from the right engine. and passengers evacuated using emergency chutes. Buses took the approximately 124 passengers to the terminal. There were three minor injuries.

Port Authority statement released the following statement: 

Newark Airport is temporarily closed due to deployment of emergency chutes on a plane with an apparent engine fire. No injuries reported.

Emergency response teams are on scene.

Passengers can expect delays in flights throughout the evening.