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Oxford vs Wigan suspended and stadium evacuated after fire in the floodlights

OXFORD'S clash with Wigan almost went up in smoke after a fire broke out in the floodlights.

The League One sides battled out a 0-0 draw in the first half but they were forced to suspend the start of the second period.



The players and staff were evacuated from the stadium while they waited for the fire brigade to arrive.

Oxford kept fans up to date with events on their Twitter account and wrote: "There's a fire in the floodlights so the second half will be delayed until the fire brigade arrive.

"The stadium is being evacuated. We will update you when we know more. Got to run…"

Around 30 minutes after confirming the fire, Oxford confirmed the issue was resolved with the second half to commence at 17:45.

They added: "Well the fire brigade has left, the lights are back on, we're back in the stadium and the players are warming up. Looks like we will have a second half after all."

Oxford boss Karl Robinson, who was pictured chatting to the fire brigade outside, detailed what happened.

He said: "We could smell burning through the vent as we were coming out for the second half.

"We were told to evacuate the building and the fire brigade turned up.

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"There's a leak in one of the rooms near floodlights and that's where the burning was coming from.

"It's just another strange scenario that was put in front of us."

The second half kicked off around an hour after the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the first 45 minutes.

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