An electrical fire in the lightening above the Audi display caused the evacuation of the Detroit Auto Show today while firefighters contained the blaze.
No injuries were reported and the show was eventually re-opened to the public.
It was quickly contained,” Shand Spencer, an auto show spokeswoman said. “Everything is under control. We cleared the floor … as a precautionary measure.”
According to the Detroit Free Press:
“The fire started in the scaffolding and high-powered lights hanging
in the ceiling above the Audi exhibit. Gone were cars like the $175,000
R8 Spyder, which Audi employees moved.
Only a couple of cars
sat at the edge of the booth covered with white cloth, a swath of black
soot from the ceiling spread across the barren floor.”
A statement on the Detroit Auto Show’s web site reads:
“A small electrical fire broke out in the Audi display at NAIAS. No
injuries were reported as the floor was efficiently evacuated of
patrons and workers. We anticipate the show floor reopening within the
next few hours. Today’s visitors received a hand stamp that can be used
for re-entree when the show floor re-opens in a few hours, or they may
visit the ticket stand to receive a pass valid for a return visit on
any day. We are assessing root cause but no significant damage was felt
to the building or exhibit. Most importantly the efficient actions by
onsite staff allowed for a quick end to the situation and resulted in
Photo courtesy of the Red Carpet Closet
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