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Arena speaker catches fire, halts Pacers-Raptors game

Fire marshals evacuated the arena with 4:05 remaining before halftime and Toronto leading 66-38.

In Summary

•The small electrical fire was initially spotted during the first quarter but the game continued before Toronto Fire Services called for the evacuation.

•After a 65-minute delay, the game resumed without fans in the seats.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) during the third quarter at Scotiabank Arena.
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) during the third quarter at Scotiabank Arena.
Image: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sport

Saturday’s game between the Indiana Pacers and host Toronto Raptors was suspended in the second quarter due to a Scotiabank Arena speaker catching fire.

Fire marshals evacuated the arena with 4:05 remaining before halftime and Toronto leading 66-38.

The small electrical fire was initially spotted during the first quarter but the game continued before Toronto Fire Services called for the evacuation. After a 65-minute delay, the game resumed without fans in the seats.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Raptors and the building, said in a statement late Saturday that refunds will be available to those who originally purchased tickets for the game.

“The necessary venue repairs will be executed in time to allow the Toronto Maple Leafs game to proceed as scheduled on Sunday at 7 p.m. against the Florida Panthers,” MLSE’s statement said.

The Raptors, looking to climb out of the play-in round and earn a playoff berth over the closing weeks of the regular season, went on to win 131-91.