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Thousands evacuated after fire engulfs stage at Barcelona festival

A raging fire that took hold of the stage at the Tomorrowland Unite festival in Barcelona caused more than 22,000 music fans to be evacuated.

Fans fled the stage area as the massive speaker system caught fire and completely engulfed the stage at one of the world’s most popular music festivals.

No injuries were reported as emergency services promptly arrived at the scene and organisers escorted everyone away safely from the Saturday evening event.

While the exact cause of the fire remains unclear, it has been suggested that it could have started from a fireworks display that was due to be a part of the upcoming show.

“The fire brigade’s initial hypothesis is that there was an overheating of the material used in the construction of the stage during the presentation of a pyrotechnic spectacle,” the Globo website reported.

On Facebook, Tomorrowland organisers said: “Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction.

“Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22,000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries.

“Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organiser of UNITE.”

Steve Aoki had been due to perform that night, with other acts lined up for the evening including DJ’s Ingresso and Afrojack.

The music festival takes place in different locations simultaneously, with the main stage based in Belgium.