2010 Detroit Auto Show closes briefly after fire at Audi stand

Attendees are expected to be let back in to the Detroit auto show this evening after an electrical fire in the ceiling of the Audi exhibit caused organizers to evacuate a smokey Cobo Center main floor earlier today. Organizers hop eto let people back in around 5:00 p.m., and those who were at the show at the time of fire will be granted admission back in on any of the remaining show days.

No one was injured and there were no reports of damaged vehicles.

Audi employees moved quickly to evacuate the floor and started to move vehicles off of their display, including the $175,000 R8 Spyder, when flames starting shooting up from the German automakers exhibit ceiling.

Police and security personnel were able to evacuate the thousands in attendance in an orderly manner and without incident. Many were annoyed at the inconvenience and expressed their regret about not being able to see the show, but the crowd has remained orderly up to this point.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Free Press