31 injured in Grand Prix explosion, fire

May 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

BARCELONA, Spain, May 14 (UPI) -- Authorities said they were investigating a fire that broke out Sunday at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona after an explosion in the winner's garage.

The British newspaper The Sun reported 31 people were treated for burns and the effects of smoke.

As black smoke poured from the garage of Frank Williams' team, members pulled to safety the 70-year-old Formula 1 chief, who uses a wheelchair. He was not injured.

When the fire broke out, as.com (Comunicado de Prensa) reported, about 200 people were in the garage celebrating the victory of Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado, who carried his 12-year-old son to safety.

Sources said the most seriously injured person was a mechanic at the back of the garage, where the explosion happened.

Officials said a fuel rig being used to drain second driver Bruno Senna's car likely leaked before the fire broke out.

Seven fire units arrived at the track, and it took 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall