DJ set cut short after venue’s electrical system caught fire and at least 15 fans suffered smoke inhalation.
By James Montgomery
LMFAO’s Red Foo was forced to cut short a Wednesday night DJ set in Honduras after a fire broke out, filling the venue with smoke and sending fans scrambling for the exits.
According to TMZ, Red Foo was nearing the end of his performance at the Coliseo Nacional de Ingenieros in the capital city of Tegucigalpa when the venue’s electrical system reportedly caught fire, filling the venue with smoke. According to reports, no one was seriously injured, though at least 15 fans were treated for smoke inhalation. Local television reports showed fans being escorted from the venue and receiving oxygen. Honduran authorities suggested the fire was intentionally set, though at press time, it was not clear if anyone had been arrested in connection with the blaze.
Immediately following the abrupt end to the show, LMFAO’s Redfoo took to his Twitter account, joking, “Epic concert tonight!!!! Everybody in Honduras, we set the place on fire!!!! #sorryforpartyrocking.” He then responded to a fan about the fire, writing, “They told us there was a fire when we were on stage. Then we went to the dressing rooms and there was smoke in the halls.”
He then changed his tone, writing, “On a serious note, hope everybody is safe from the fire tonight! Love you Honduras!”
Through LMFAO’s label, Interscope, Redfoo gave this account to MTV News: “All of a sudden, right in the middle of ‘Beatockin,’ my manager Ian Fletcher shouted, ‘There’s a fire under the stage. We have to go!’
“I didn’t want to go!” he continued. “I didn’t realize how serious it was. The security escorted us out the venue. We were forced to leave a few items behind, nothing irreplaceable.
“I hope everybody is safe,” he added. “Honduras fans are true party rockers! This will go down in history as one if craziest Redfoo DJ sets ever.”
Less than 24 hours removed from the fire, the hard-partying duo were pressing on, celebrating the ascension of their hit “Sexy and I Know It” to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (knocking off Rihanna’s “We Found Love”) and prepping for a New Year’s Eve gig at the Haze nightclub in Las Vegas, where, hopefully, nothing will catch fire.