Fes­ti­val fire forces 20,000 fans to flee

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BARCELONA, Spain — A fire at a mu­sic fes­ti­val in Spain forced the evac­u­a­tion of more than 20,000 con­cert­go­ers and in­cin­er­ated the event’s stage in Barcelona, the re­gional gov­ern­ment said Sun­day.

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 Barcelona time.

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.

In a state­ment, re­gional au­thor­i­ties said the fire “com­pletely de­stroyed the stage” and that its charred re­mains “run the risk of col­laps­ing.”

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