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Fire Engulfs Fifth Third Ballpark in West Michigan

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UPDATE (1:49pm): WZZM-TV reports a managing partner may have an idea of what caused the fire but did not feel comfortable disclosing that information at this time.

UPDATE (1:40pm): Four people taken to hospital.  No word on injuries or condition.

UPDATE (1:26pm): Plainfield Fire Department: Fire began in a luxury suite and spread to the attic but no cause reported.  Fire is under control.  Only two hydrants were readily available initially.  Others, further away from the park, had to be dug out from snow and ice.  First base line is a complete collapse.

UPDATE (1:18pm): Ambulances called to scene.

UPDATE (1:09pm): Smoke beginning to thin, revealing first base side upper deck destroyed.  No known cause yet.  Plumes of smoke pushed 13 miles north of ballpark, radar shows.  Whitecaps Managing Partner says “We will rebuild.”

UPDATE (12:52pm): National Weather Service radar displays smoke from fire extends 10 miles from ballpark.

UPDATE (12:33pm): Kent County Emergency Manager tells area residents to stay away.

UPDATE (12:16pm): Additional departments have been called to assist.

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Just after 11am firefighters responded to Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, just outside Grand Rapids.  Fifth Third Ballpark is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Information is steadily flowing but the very latest is not good.  Reports are that the fire, which began in suites, has now caused the east side stands to cave in.

Firefighters have exited to begin fighting the fire from outside.

Billowing black smoke can be seen coming from the park, which sits right off of US 131.

Story developing…

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