A fire alarm at a concession stand delayed Ohio State’s men’s basketball game Saturday night against Appalachian State and forced a temporary mid-game evacuation of Value City Arena.

With 17:47 remaining in the second half, a siren came over the loudspeakers along with a recorded message that an emergency had been reported and everyone was advised to exit. Fans were encouraged to walk to the nearest stairwell and not use elevators, and the majority of the crowd complied in a timely manner.

After an eight-minute delay, the situation was cleared and fans were allowed to return to the venue with the Buckeyes leading 48-33. Players were given three minutes to warm up again before the game was slated to resume.

In a statement from arena officials, a failed exhaust fan was blamed.

"The fan shut off and allowed the smoke from a concession stand to enter the fresh air return on one of our air handlers and activated one of our smoke detectors," the statement read. "The building systems worked as they were designed and we were able to reset the alarm, repair the exhaust and return to normal operations."

In a tweet, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith thanked the fans for their patience. 

No injuries or signs of damage were immediately reported.



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