|The PBA has called it a day after fire broke out within the Smart Araneta Coliseum premises. PBA Images|
MANILA--The inevitable has happened.
The PBA has called off Game 6 of the Governors' Cup Finals between Meralco and Ginebra due to the fire that happened within the premises of the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
In an announcement, the league said that the postponement has to be done "with the safety of the people in mind."
The fire broke out while the PBA 3x3 games were being played inside the arena as smoke quickly filled the interior.
The league also postponed the remainder of the PBA 3x3 Second Conference Grand Finals.
The firefighters were successful in quickly putting out the fire, declaring it out by 1:10 p.m. Wednesday per TXT Fire Philippines.
According to Commissioner Willie Marcial, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the arena management actually cleared them to hold Game 6 as scheduled.
But with some smoke still coming in, the postponement has been forced.
Fans can now refund their tickets bought for the game, in which the Gin Kings, up 3-2, will try to close out the best-of-seven series against the Bolts.
Game 6 will now be played on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, the scheduled venue for Game 7, as the league will now have to reserve an arena for the rubber match should Meralco force a 3-all deadlock in the best-of-seven series.
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