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Fire erupts at the Andorra stadium England are due to play at in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday


Huge fire erupts at Andorra’s national stadium just over 24 hours before England are due to play there in a World Cup qualifier, with an area bursting into flames during a live TV report

  • Flames engulfed the broadcast gantry on the side of the Estadi Nacional pitch 
  • Black smoke then made its way towards residential apartments around ground 
  • England had trained on the artificial surface just hours before fire broke out 
  • Three Lions are set to face Andorra in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday night

A fire has broken out in dramatic scenes at the Andorra’s Estadi Nacional just a day before they are due to play England there in a World Cup qualifier.

The television gantry on one side of the pitch, erected ahead of Saturday night’s match, was seen engulfed in flames during a live television report from Sky Sports.

The fire broke out just as Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorset was giving an update from the artificial pitch Andorra, with black billowing smoke then making its way towards residential apartments and flats surrounding the 3,000 capacity stadium. 

A fire has broken out in dramatic scenes at the Estadi Nacional in the capital of Andorra

A fire has broken out in dramatic scenes at the Estadi Nacional in the capital of Andorra

It comes just a day before England are due to face them in a World Cup qualifier

It comes just a day before England are due to face them in a World Cup qualifier

The gantry erected ahead of Saturday night's match was seen in flames during a TV report

The gantry erected ahead of Saturday night’s match was seen in flames during a TV report

Black billowing smoke then made its way towards surrounding residential apartments and flat

Black billowing smoke then made its way towards surrounding residential apartments and flat

Emergency services soon arrived on the scene to put out the fire to the relief of all involved

Emergency services soon arrived on the scene to put out the fire to the relief of all involved

A VAR monitor was seen burnt after being part of the equipment ruined during the blaze

A VAR monitor was seen burnt after being part of the equipment ruined during the blaze

Emergency services later arrived on the scene in the country’s capital of Andorra La Vella to successfully extinguish the fire, the cause of which remains unclear at this stage. 

The Telegraph report there are no reports of injuries, but that there were initial concerns that heat from the blaze may melt part of the plastic playing surface.

Images also appeared to show that the VAR monitor had been caught up in the blaze. 

Southgate’s men had trained on the 3G hybrid surface just hours before the fire had broken out in their bid to making it six wins out of seven in their Group I World Cup qualifying campaign. 

Gareth Southgate's men had a training session on the artificial pitch just hours beforehand

Gareth Southgate’s men had a training session on the artificial pitch just hours beforehand

Gareth Southgate's men are looking to make it six wins out of seven in Group I qualifying

Gareth Southgate’s men are looking to make it six wins out of seven in Group I qualifying

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