Arson in Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona (Spain)

A disturbed man has started a fire on April 19th 2011 in Barcelona’s Cathedral Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudì’s masterpiece. The man of around 55 has been found with several lighters in his pocket.

Around 1.000 people were evacuated from the cathedral, which is one of the most popular tourist sites in Spain’s second-largest city.

The blaze was extinguished and four people were treated for smoke inhalation. The fire seems to have caused a significant damage to the sacristy where it was ignited and it burned for about 45 minutes.

The fire occurred in the church’s crypt, where prests prepare for Mass, open for religious purposes and it caused some damage to the crypt. The church has been temporarily closed to the public.

Some tourists saw smoke coming from inside the sacristy and alerted authorities.

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