20,000 fans flee huge fire at mu­sic fes­ti­val in Barcelona

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Ahuge fire at a mu­sic fes­ti­val in Spain forced the evac­u­a­tion of over 20,000 con­cert­go­ers and in­cin­er­ated the event’s stage in Barcelona, the re­gional gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day. The fire Satur­day night con­sumed the large out­door stage at the “To­mor­row­land” elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val held at Barcelona’s Parc de Can Zam. Twelve fire­fight­ing units needed around an hour to ex­tin­guish the flames just be­fore mid­night. Fire­fight­ers said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause. The “To­mor­row­land” web­site pub­lished a state­ment say­ing the “stage caught fire due to a tech­ni­cal mal­func­tion.”

Barcelona fire­fight­ers said there were no se­ri­ous in­juries dur­ing the evac­u­a­tion but the event’s pri­vate se­cu­rity treated 20 peo­ple for mi­nor in­juries or anx­i­ety. Video images show the fire start­ing at the top of a tall tem­po­rary struc­ture erected on the stage where a large screen showed a per­former sign­ing. The tow­er­ing flames quickly spread un­til they en­gulfed the en­tire stage. In a state­ment, re­gional au­thor­i­ties said the fire “com­pletely de­stroyed the stage” and that its charred re­mains “run the risk of col­laps­ing.”The fes­ti­val in Barcelona was one of sev­eral off­shoots of a main “To­mor­row­land” fes­ti­val in Bel­gium. Or­ga­niz­ers said the Barcelona event was can­celed fol­low­ing the fire. — AP

This video grab from video footage by TWIT­TER AC­COUNT @AD_MUMA, shows flames and smoke ris­ing into the air at the To­mor­row­land elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val in Santa Coloma de Gramenet. — AFP

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