A fire delayed the second half of Oxford United’s League One clash against Wigan at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.

The clash, which was put back to a 4pm kick-off in order to avoid freezing weather conditions, was temporarily suspended with the game goalless at half time when everyone inside the stadium was forced to evacuate.

Fire engines were called to the Kassam Stadium at half time

James Roberts/Oxford Mail

Fire engines were called to the Kassam Stadium at half time

A fire inside one of the floodlights was the cause of the evacuation, but the issue was sorted by the fire brigade and the second half resumed at 5:45pm.

Oxford Mail journalist James Roberts told talkSPORT.com: “There was a bang and some of the floodlights went out, then there was this smell of burning.

“Within minutes we were being told to evacuate and three fire engines arrived sharpish. We were stood outside for about ten minutes before being told we could come back in.”

The match eventually finished shortly after 6:30pm with Oxford coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Sam Winnall and Elliott Moore. The result sees the U’s rise to eighth while the Latics remain in the relegation zone.

Oxford boss Karl Robinson said on a video posted on the club’s official Twitter account: “We were coming out for the second half and you could smell burning through the air vents and we were told to quickly evacuate the building.

“There was a leak up in one of the rooms, which contributes to the floodlights and that’s where the burning was coming from.

“It’s another strange scenario that has been put in front of us. It’s been a crazy, crazy 48 hours and in less than 48 hours we have another big game here on Tuesday [against Tranmere] as well.

“Good thing that everyone is safe and we can get back to a bit of normality.”

Listen to full commentary of Oxford’s Papa John’s Trophy semi-final clash against Tranmere LIVE on talkSPORT 2 on Tuesday, kick-off 6pm.


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