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Fire Strikes Fifth Third Ballpark

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Fire at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan on Jan. 3, 2014 (photo courtesy John Gonzalez)
Fifth Third Ballpark (photo courtesy West Michigan Whitecaps)
Fire at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan on Jan. 3, 2014 (photo courtesy John Gonzalez)

COMSTOCK PARK, MI (WHTC) - Firefighters from several Kent County departments have converged on Fifth Third Ballpark to combat a blaze that broke out on the suite deck on the first base side around 11 AM. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the structure for several miles, and team general manager Jim Jarecki told WHTC News that there are no reports of any injuries suffered by West Michigan Whitecaps staffers who may have been inside of the team's offices when the fire broke out. 

Update: 02:00 P.M. Firefighters are still on the scene.  At this time, the entire suite level on the first base side is gone from the massive fire.  Team officials are saying that they plan to rebuild but the extent of the damages are not yet known, so there is no certainty if things can be done by opening day.

 

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