Minnesota and San Antonio’s game in Mexico City canceled due to an apparent in-arena fire (Photos)

Kelly Dwyer

Everyone seems to be fine, and the incident happened well before fans were allowed into the Mexico City Arena, but the scheduled pairing between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City was canceled after an electrical short to a generator powering one of the arena’s escalators.

As soon as smoke started billowing throughout the arena and its corridors away from the court, arena and NBA personnel immediately asked the players, team employees and scores of media to evacuate the building. By all accounts nobody appeared to be in danger, but the combination of the massive amounts of smoke and the high Mexico City altitude made this a dangerous “home” game for the Timberwolves and their San Antonio counterparts to play.

Via CJZero and NBA TV, here’s a shot of the arena around 9 p.m. ET, a half-hour before tip-off:

Here are some various pertinent tweets from Spurs and Wolves beat writers and broadcasters, detailing the (thankfully) orderly evacuation:

Here's a shot of Wolves and Spurs coaches Rick Adelman and Gregg Popovich leaving the arena:


Here's the eventual, final statement:

The NBA announced the game will be made up in Minnesota at the Target Center, but an official date has not been set.

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