Nov 4, 2012 8:00 PM by Erika Flores

McKale Center opens after fire

TUCSON-We know what started the fire inside an equipment room at McKale Center.

Firefighters responded to the campus Saturday night after smoke alarms went off.

Crews saw smoke coming from the roof of McKale.

They entered the building and found heavy smoke and water pouring in the equipment room.

As U of A worked to fix the aftermath of the fire in the equipment room, on court, it was business as usual.

Fans were eager to take their seat as the Wildcats took on the USC Trojans.

Lily Morales is part of a volleyball team in Bisbee.

"Our season just ended, so this is kind of a treat for us," she said.

Morales said she's glad the fire didn't affect the game.

"We've been planning this for a while now, so we'd be pretty bummed if we didn't get to go," said Morales.

U of A's Associate Director of Athletic Event Operations told us the university is still working to assess the damage.

Equipment has been removed from the room and the smoke is being fanned out.

Tucson fire told us a bundle of rags was found inside the equipment room with chemicals believed to be cleaning solvents that caused a chemical reaction and spontaneous combustion.

The fire was contained to the equipment room, so games on the court went as planned.


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