Smoke-filled arena evacuated before Spurs vs. Timberwolves game

Timberwolves leave as smoke engulfs the court before a game between San Antonio and Minnesota in Mexico City.

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Timberwolves leave as smoke engulfs the court before a game between San Antonio and Minnesota in Mexico City.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico City arena where the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves are playing an NBA game Wednesday night was evacuated 45 minutes before tipoff because of smoke inside the arena.

NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima says the smoke was coming from a generator fire outside the arena. There was no word yet if the start of the game will be delayed.

A look at the smoke-filled arena.

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A look at the smoke-filled arena.

While the teams were warming up for their regular-season matchup, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began pouring out of vents in the upper deck.

Players, still in their uniforms, boarded their team buses parked outside the arena. Fans and media were also ordered to evacuate.

There is no word yet on when the game will start.

Eduardo Verdugo

There is no word yet on when the game will start.


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