Raptors-Pacers suspended, arena evacuated due to fire

by: IAN HARRISON, Associated Press

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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night was suspended for the second quarter and the arena was evacuated due to a fire in a loudspeaker hanging above the bleachers .

The players headed to their benches with 4:05 left in the second quarter and the Raptors led 66-38.

During the first quarters, two sections of fans behind the basket at the east end of the stadium were evacuated, and Toronto Fire Services personnel could be seen in the empty aisles, staring up at the ceiling. Later, another section was cleared as the game continued.

Shortly after, a video surfaced on social media showing flames coming out of one of the speakers.

Raptors PA announcer Herbie Kuhn was heard testing the system several times, but the main speakers above the bleachers didn’t seem to work.

Eventually, Kuhn announced that the building was being evacuated by order of the Toronto Fire Department, telling booed fans that the game had been suspended.

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