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2014 World Cup stadium catches fire

The construction site of the Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiaba
The construction site of Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiaba, Mato Gross.
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CUIABA, Brazil (AP)

AT CLOSE RANGE

With the World Cup one year away, Brazil's final sprint starts now.

Smoke billowed from a World Cup stadium under construction in Brazil when plastic foam used for insulation caught fire on Friday.

The fire at the Arena Pantanal, one of 12 stadiums for next year's World Cup, created clouds of black smoke drifting over the top of the football venue.

No injuries were reported and officials said the fire was quickly contained.

In a statement, officials said the fire was concentrated in an underground part of the venue, but reached an area where polystyrene foam was being stored. The material was to be used for insulation on the stadium's roof. Added the statement: “The fire reported Friday afternoon at the construction site of the Pantanal Arena was quickly controlled."

The 44,000-seat stadium has been a headache for World Cup organizers, with concerns that stadium seats will not be installed by a Dec. 31 deadline set by FIFA.

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