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Mexico City arena evacuated 45 minutes before Spurs and Timberwolves tipoff

Smoke engulfs basketball court of The Mexico City arena during a regular season NBA match between the Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
December 04, 2013 - 6:31 PM

MEXICO CITY - 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.

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.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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