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Arson attack on Sagrada Familia

Source: UKPA - Tue 19th Apr 2011

Hundreds of tourists had to be evacuated from Barcelona's world-famous Sagrada Familia basilica after an arson attack.

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Police said the fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt.

Around 1,500 people were evacuated from Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, one of the most popular tourist sites in Spain.

An official said some tourists saw smoke coming from inside the sacristy and raised the alarm, and that the suspected arsonist was arrested.

She said the fire caused damage but no injuries.

TThe sacristy is the area where priests put on their robes in preparation for Mass.

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