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Fire damages Grand Rapids baseball stadium

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A fire has damaged Fifth Third Ballpark near Grand Rapids.

Video shows extensive damage to suites and the roof along the stadium's first base line. No injuries have been reported.

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.

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

Sources tell Grand Rapids FOX station WXMI that water was shut off to the ballpark in the winter, possibly causing the sprinkler systems to malfunction.

The stadium is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps. They play in the Midwest League along with the South Bend Silver Hawks. The stadium is scheduled to host the Midwest League All-Star Game in June.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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