Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorset was doing a live piece for the cameras on the match when England trained at the 3,300-seater Estadi Nacional in the capital Andorra la Vella three hours earlier, and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate did pre-game press duty. when the broadcast gantry on the other side of the venue suddenly burst into flames.
Sprinklers were initially used to douse the fire as deep black smoke spread into the air and towards the houses behind. Later the fire brigade arrived to douse the fire and douse it.
Later photos show the blackened structure and walls on the left, showing debris including a ruined VAR monitor.
The pitch at the Estadi Nacional is artificial and the surface around the touchline and technical areas has apparently suffered heavy damage, while a dugout has partially melted.
According to the Press Association, local police were also present at the stadium along with staff from UEFA and Andorran Football Federation.
It is not clear at this stage how much damage was caused to the stadium by the fire, what exactly caused it or if it puts into doubt Saturday night’s Group I clash between Andorra and England.
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