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Fire On Southwest Plane Triggers Evacuation

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SANTA ANA, Cali. (NBC Bay Area)-- A fire forced passengers aboard a Southwest flight ready to take off from John Wayne Airport to deplane Monday evening.

Southwest Airlines Flight 2123 reported smoke in the cabin around 7:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Authority. 

The fire -- believed to be in the Boeing 737's auxiliary power unit -- caused the plane's emergency chutes to deploy to evacuate 139 passengers and five crew members.

A few minor injuries were reported, but no one was transported, according to airport officials. Those injuries were from exiting on chutes -- not the fire.

The passengers were slated to board another flight at John Wayne shortly before 9 p.m. 

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