In what is definitely not a story that is going to come back in the future to be used either as club banter or a metaphor for Tottenham’s season, an electrical fire broke out at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this morning, resulting in the evacuation of 300 people from the facility. Thankfully, no one was injured and the blaze is now out.
Here’s Sky Sports with pretty much all we know right now.
A fire at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is now under control, say the London Fire Brigade, with no reports of any injuries and 300 people evacuated pic.twitter.com/LYiiXaBmYD— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2021
Brace yourself for all sorts of #jokes at Tottenham’s expense in the coming hours, days and weeks. You know, cheesy metaphors about Tottenham’s title hopes, Photoshopped Fire Dog memes, something regarding the empty trophy cabinet, jokes about “Archway Steel’s revenge.” Hey, why wait — we can make jokes too! Remember how the stadium opening was delayed for months due to faulty wiring in the fire suppression system? Hahahaha, oh my, you’re so droll.
But in all seriousness, we don’t know much about the severity of the fire, how much (if any) damage was sustained, or whether it will have any impact on this Saturday’s home match between Tottenham Hotspur Women and Birmingham City. The club has yet to make any sort of official statement on the matter, and we should hold any speculation until after they do so. What we can say is that nobody was injured, and that’s the best possible scenario in any situation like this.
Cue additional jokes about Spurs starting the season like a house on fire.
Update: Tottenham have released a statement about the incident, and it sounds like this was a super small thing that predictably was blown way out of proportion. As you were.
Following a number of inaccurate and sensationalist reports, we can confirm that Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is operational as normal after a small fire, caused by an air compressor, broke out in one of the kitchens this morning (Thursday 2 September).
The fire was contained to a very small area and quickly put out with a fire extinguisher by the first person on the scene.
The building was briefly evacuated as per standard safety procedures following the triggering of the fire alarm system, while a London Fire Brigade crew attended the stadium and carried out a safety inspection before departing the scene.