The PBA Governors Cup Final Game 6 between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Meralco Bolts, originally scheduled for Wednesday at the Smart-Arneta Coliseum, has been postponed after a fire broke out at the venue around noon. The second conference grand final of the PBA 3×3 tournament has also been abandoned due to fire.
Players, coaches and officials were quickly evacuated as fire service personnel from nearby fire stations entered the venue. No injuries were reported.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marshall said Game 6 would be played at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday. According to Marshall, the date and place of the potential game 7 will be announced in the coming days. The Kings are 3-2 up in the series.
PBA Final Game 6 Ginebra and Meralco Rescheduled 22 April 2022
“Before today, the Smart-Arneta Coliseum caught fire,” the league said in a statement. “For the safety of all, the PBA has decided to postpone the 46th Season Governors Cup Final Game 6 between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Meralco Bolts tonight in Barangay. All Smart-Arneta Coliseum Game 6 ticket holders will be able to return their tickets to the Big Dome ticket office.”
The fire was brought under control around 1 pm but it was not until 2 pm. There was still heavy smoke in the play area.
A ventilator was placed in the playground in the hope of clearing the smoke, but the move proved ineffective. “Even if we remove the smoke within an hour or two, it will still be dangerous for fans and players,” Marcel said in a few minutes after arriving at the scene to personally assess the situation.
According to an eyewitness, on condition of anonymity, the smoke was first noticed before the 3×3 game between Platinum Karaoke and Barangay Geneva. “We noticed smoke coming from the Red Gate, so we went to the second level to test it. When we got there the smoke was so thick and we could no longer see where it originated.”
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.