On May 16, a minor fire broke out on set of aespa’s pre-recording for “M Countdown.” It was confirmed that there were no injuries in this fire.

Mnet announced, “During an artist’s pre-recording for ‘M Countdown,’ a fire broke out when a spark flew into the set located at the corner of the stage. The fire was detected in its early stage and was extinguished immediately, and at the same time, the artists and the audience were evacuated from the stage.”

They added, “All ‘M Countdown’ sets are being treated to be flame retardant, and we will carefully re-examine the maintenance status to prevent the same problem from recurring.”

The artist who was recording at the time of the fire was aespa. In relation to this, a source from Mnet shared, “The recording of aespa’s comeback stage was completed and will be broadcast without issues today. No additional recording was carried out after the fire.”

Following this incident, SM Entertainment released a statement announcing that Winter will sit out the May 16 live broadcast due to health concerns.

Read the full statement below:

Today, a problem occurred on set during the pre-recording of “M Countdown.” Afterwards, it was determined that Winter needs rest and stability due to her poor [health] condition, so only Karina, Giselle, and Ningning will attend today’s “M Countdown” live broadcast. Winter’s participation in [other] scheduled activities will be decided in consideration of her recovery status.

aespa will perform “Supernova,” one of the double title tracks from their first full-length album, on “M Countdown” today.

Wishing Winter a speedy recovery!

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