Veteran late-night host and comic Jay Leno has been hospitalized with “serious” facial burns following an incident in a car.
Leno was transported for treatment to Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, California, after suffering a severe injury from a fire in a vehicle that caused burns to the left face side, according to people who have direct knowledge of the incident and interviewed by TMZ.
The burns thankfully do not affect Leno's eyes or his ears, but the full extent of the 72-year-old TV host's injuries remains undetermined.
Last Sunday Leno took a trip to a L.A. garage, where his vehicles are stored and other vehicles are too, when one of the cars caught fire with no warning, TMZ reports. Due to the fire in the vehicle and the subsequent fire, the former Tonight Show host has canceled every engagement he has scheduled throughout the week.
The first Leno appearance to be canceled was The Financial Brand conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday. Event organizers claimed there was a “very serious medical emergency” that prevented him from appearing at the event.
“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,” read an email from The Financial Brand, obtained by PEOPLE. “All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight.”
According to the sources who spoke with Deadline, the fire in the car was caused by gasoline.