20,000 fans flee huge fire at music festival in Barcelona
20 people treated for minor injuries after blaze destroyed outdoor stage
A huge fire at a music festival in Spain incinerated the event's stage and forced more than 20,000 concertgoers to flee, the regional government said Sunday.
The fire broke out Saturday night and 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, which were put out just before midnight.
Firefighters said they were investigating the cause, though 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 singing. 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 cancelled following the fire.
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