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Jay Leno suffers serious facial burns after car catches fire, report says

The former “Tonight Show” host is being treated at the Grossman Burn Center following the incident in Los Angeles that injured the left side of his face, TMZ reported Monday.

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Comedian and car aficionado Jay Leno is photographed inside his Big Dog Garage in Burbank, California.
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Jay Leno suffered serious burns to his face Sunday, Nov. 13, when a car in his garage suddenly caught fire, according to a report.

The former “Tonight Show” host is being treated at the Grossman Burn Center following the incident in Los Angeles that injured the left side of his face, TMZ reported Monday.

Leno reportedly avoided injuries to his left eye and ear when the car unexpectedly exploded.

A representative for Leno didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Leno, 72, canceled a scheduled appearance Sunday at a financial conference in Las Vegas, according to People, which reports attendees received an email informing them of the comedian’s last-minute absence.

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“His family was not able to provide us very many details, but there was a very serious medical emergency that is preventing Jay from traveling,” wrote The Financial Brand, which organized the conference. “All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight.”

The comic reportedly canceled all of his commitments this week.

Leno, who hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” from 1992 to 2009, is a well-known car enthusiast whose personal collection includes a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, a 2012 Tesla Model S and a 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, according to the US News & World Report.

He began hosting the CNBC series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” highlighting vintage vehicles, super-cars and their owners, in 2014.

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