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McLaren Barcelona hospitality unit evacuated after fire

A fire has broke in the McLaren hospitality unit in the Spanish Grand Prix paddock in Barcelona the team immediately evacuating the premises.

The fire engines and ambulances arrived in the paddock immediately and attended to the scene of the fire with reports that two of the fire fighters were being treated for smoke inhalation.

There were no clear details as to the cause of the fire, with some reports claiming it was due to an electrical fault, as the smoke started to cover the hospitality unit that was crowed with media and team personnel.

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McLaren issued a brief statement that said: “This morning we evacuated our Team Hub paddock hospitality unit following a fire alert, the team has been safely evacuated while the local fire brigade handle the issue.”

The fire broke just before the start of the final practice session, but was extinguished after 15 minutes from the start of the session.

McLaren later sent out a detailed statement that said: “This morning a fire was detected in our trackside Team Hub.

“The team hub was evacuated of all staff and guests, and circuit emergency services attended the scene within minutes. The circuit emergency services and local fire department have since extinguished the fire.

“One McLaren team member has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and all McLaren personnel and guests are accounted for.

“We would like to thank all the marshals and emergency services for their quick and professional response. We would also like to thank Formula 1, the FIA and our competitors who have offered to help our team and guests this weekend,” the statement concluded.

(Reporting by Agnes Carlier in Barcelona)