3 suffer burn injuries from fire at Google conference venue in Mountain View

Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address Wednesday at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. On Thursday, a fire erupted at the venue.
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Three people were taken to a hospital on Thursday when a fire broke out at an amphitheater in Mountain View, where Google was holding a conference.

The fire was reported just before 4 p.m. at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, a 22,500-capacity venue in the Silicon Valley city, Mountain View Fire Department spokesman Lynn Brown said.

The blaze erupted in the kitchen area. Six people were injured in all, but three of them declined medical treatment, Brown said.


Three others were taken to a hospital, one with life-threatening injuries, while the other two had less serious injuries, Brown said. However, a Google spokesman later said that the three people at the hospital were event staff who had minor burn injuries.

The fire occurred during Google’s I/O conference, an annual gathering of developers that has taken place since 2008.

None of the attendees were injured.

“We’re thankful to the fire department for putting it out and ensuring everyone’s safety,” Google said in a statement.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Brown said.

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11:25 p.m.: This article was updated with a statement from Google.

This article was originally published at 7:25 p.m.