Officials: Trash can near space heater caused stadium fire
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:27

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Fire investigators say a trash container placed next to a space heater caused the fire that destroyed part of a western Michigan minor league ballpark. reports ( ) Plainfield Township Fire Investigator Kyle Svoboda said in a report released Wednesday that the placement of a Rubbermaid trash container next to the heater at Fifth Third Ballpark was an accident.

Svoboda also said the sprinkler system failed to work properly during Friday morning's fire. He said in the report that the sprinkler system was inspected in 2013 and about $50,000 of maintenance work was done in 2012.

Multiple suites were destroyed in the fire and part of the roof collapsed. No one was injured.

The park is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, a single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.


Information from: The Grand Rapids,

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