Hamburg Pride Parade paused after fire breaks out

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08/03/2019

Celebrations at Hamburg’s Pride Parade ground to a halt after one of the floats went up in flames. At least two people suffered smoke inhalation. Large LGBT+ marches were also being held in Belfast and Amsterdam. Plumes of smoke rose over central Hamburg on Saturday after a fire broke out at the German port city’s Pride Parade. The blaze engulfed the “Queer Refugees Support” float at around 1:30 p.m. (1130 UTC) as it made its way down the parade route, local media reported. The truck’s power generator reportedly went up in flames. Firefighters swiftly brought the fire under control and, about an hour later, the parade was allowed to continue. One of the parade’s organizers, Stefan Mielchen, said four people suffered mild injuries. The group Queer Refugees Support Hamburg said on Facebook that two of its activists were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

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