Electrical fire prompts evacuation - but the show is now open again
22 January 2010

The Detroit motor show halls were evacuated yesterday when an electrical fire broke out above the Audi stand.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, and no exhibits were damaged, but the show was shut for several hours while the fire brigade attended the scene, extinguished the fire and ensured it was safe.

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Reports suggest the show halls were evacuated 'in minutes' although some show visitors admitted they though the smoke filling the halls was part of a launch.

"We happened to see a little more fog and somebody said they must have a fog machine at the Chrysler booth," Bill Malone, who was near the exhibit when the fire broke out, told reporters.

The show has now reopened, and anyone evacuated has been given the option of returning on another day free of charge. The show closes to the public this Sunday.

Pictures of the fire at the Detroit motor show were posted on Twitter.

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22 January 2010

Spontaneous combustion at Land Rover?

22 January 2010

"We happened to see a little more fog and somebody said they must have a fog machine at the Chrysler booth,"

Cue jokes about Marchionne fiddling while Chrysler burns...

22 January 2010

They said the fire broke out above the Audi stand, perhaps it was the Hindenburg 2 coming in for a landing.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

22 January 2010

Anyone checked Obama for matches? Couldn't blame him if he was trying to get some of the billions of taxpayer dollars back by setting fire to what's left of the American car industry and claiming on the insurance?

Nah, scratch that, ridiculous idea. It was obviously Marchionne who was the arsonist, desperate to see the back of the Chrysler nightmare.

22 January 2010

Nah, scratch all the arson theories, it was the obviously the poor citizens of Detroit trying to combat Global Warming by setting fire to the monstrosity that is the Cobo Center.

22 January 2010

I hope the German engineers that worked on the stand lighting aren’t the same ones who design their electric cars.

In a related story they have changed the name of the Audi E-Tron, let me introduce the new Audi En Fuego.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

22 January 2010

Surely not the mild-mannered Swedes attacking at the heart of GM territory!?

SELL SAAB! ;)

22 January 2010

Well - it was good ol' Detroit USA. Probably started by a faulty burger stall - or overheating popcorn machine - or the hotdog pan caught fire - discarded burger wrapper perhaps???

22 January 2010

Maybe it was HyundaiSmoke and a case of spontaneous combustion at the Hyundai/Kia stand.One can only hope

22 January 2010

Who thought Chrysler could afford Fog?

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