Burning Man set ablaze today; one arrested
An arson investigation is underway and one person is in custody in relation to a fire that was unexpectedly set to the man early Tuesday at the Burning Man counterculture arts festival, attracting thousands of burners who watched in awe and speculated about how it happened.
The official man-burning ceremony is scheduled late Saturday.
Crews put out the fire in 23 minutes as staff worked to keep spectators behind a perimeter. The fire was reported at 2:58 a.m.
The man was salvaged but singed and the Saturday celebration is still scheduled.
Burners yelled things such as "save the man" and cheered as fire crews began spraying it with hoses. No injuries were reported and there is no confirmed cause of the ignition, a statement from Burning Man spokeswoman Andie Grace said.
Rumors abounded but Burning Man staff said there was no confirmed cause about how the fire started. The pavilion underneath the man is closed until the structure is deemed safe.