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Fifth Third Ballpark traces source of fire
Authorities have identified the likely cause of a fire that destroyed multiple suites and led to a partial roof collapse at Fifth Third Ballpark.
Plainfield Township Fire Chief David Peterson said a space heater used by a work crew started a small fire Friday morning at Fifth Third Ballpark, but workers thought they had extinguished it.
They returned to find an entire area in flames.
Peterson said a sprinkler system was deactivated earlier Friday because of a false alarm. The response also was slowed by a lack of fire hydrants.
There were no injuries.
West Michigan Whitecaps co-owner Denny Baxter said officials plan to rebuild in time for opening day in April.