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

The clash, which was reset to a 4pm kick-off to avoid freezing weather conditions, was temporarily suspended goalless at halftime when everyone in the stadium had to be evacuated

A fire in one of the floodlights caused the evacuation, but the problem was resolved by the fire department and the second half resumed at 5:45 pm

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

“Within a few minutes, we were told to evacuate and three fire trucks came up sharply. We stood outside for about ten minutes before we were told we could come back”

The game ended shortly after 1830 o’clock Oxford came from behind and won 2-1 thanks to goals from Sam Winnall and Elliott Moore, the result being a climb of the U to eighth place while the Latics remain in the relegation zone

Three fire engines in the Kassam Stadium that was evacuated due to a fire in the headlights #oufc picTwittercom / ihYECg765W

Oxford boss Karl Robinson said in a video posted on the club’s official Twitter account, “We came out in the second half and you could smell the burning through the vents and were told to close the building quickly vacate

“There was a leak in one of the rooms contributing to the floodlights, and that’s where the burning came from

“It’s another bizarre scenario that was presented to 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]

“It’s good that everyone is safe and we can get back to normality”

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