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Fire breaks out during ACL

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Crews at the Austin City Limits Music Festival battled a fire Friday afternoon that started when a propane tank exploded near the vendor tents.

Just after 2:30 p.m. the fire broke out in an RV behind the AT&T stage and spread to a nearby trailer.

Four Budweiser employees were hurt; two were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. They have since been transported by helicopter to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The others received second- and third-degree burns, according to
Assistant Fire Chief Jim Evans.

A staff and vendor area of North Zilker Park was evacuated and the front gate was briefly closed to entrants.

"When the fire occurred we were able to get all of the employees and the different vendors out of the area very quickly, we put out crime scene tape to secure the perimeter and AFD came in and was able to put out the fire within about 10 minutes," David Bailey of the Austin Fire Department said.

The fire broke out very near the AT&T stage but festival officials said the public was never in any danger.

New Jersey rocker Pete Yorn was playing the AT&T stage when the fire broke out. His show was stopped as emergency crews rushed to the scene. He later returned to the stage.

ACL officials say crowds worked well with emergency personal. Gates are back open and all festivities are back on track.

Fire officials are investigating exactly how the tanks caught fire.

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