100 athletes evacuated from Rio Olympic village building amid fire

100 athletes evacuated from Rio Olympic village building amid fire

MOSCOW — A fire has erupted at the Olympic Village in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, prompting an evacuation of about 100 athletes, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said.

The fire started in the underground car park in one of the Olympic Village buildings with smoke rising up through Building 23, the Committee said in a Saturday statement.

“The AOC Emergency Response Plan was activated and approximately 100 athletes and officials were evacuated in an orderly and controlled fashion,” the statement said.

The fire was confined to the car park and was extinguished by the fire brigade, after which people were allowed back in the building.

An investigation into the incident is underway involving the AOC.

Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on August 5-21.