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Fifth Third Ballpark Catches Fire

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A fire has destroyed multiple suites and caused part of the roof to collapse at a minor league ballpark in western Michigan.

Plainfield Township Fire Chief David Peterson said the response to Friday's blaze at 10,000-seat Fifth Third Ballpark was slowed by a lack of fire hydrants near the park.

The chief tells MLive.com firefighters had to extend hoses to other hydrants, 1,500 feet away, which created low water pressure.

The affected suites run from home plate down the first base line.

A few workers were inside ballpark offices when the fire started in one of the suites. No injuries were reported.

Fifth Third Ballpark is set to host the Midwest League All-Start game in July and officials from the park say they will have baseball games when the season starts back up in April.

The stadium is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, a Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. It's scheduled to host the Midwest League All-Star Game in June.

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