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Fifth Third Ballpark fire rekindles

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Firefighters continue to keep a close watch on a blaze that tore through a West Michigan baseball stadium.

Crews were back at the Fifth Third Ballpark outside Grand Rapids, putting out hot spots from the devastating fire.

The big flames were put out Friday, but smaller fires lurk under the destruction.

"That's what happens when the roof collapses. Buries all the hot material underneath it and it just smolders," Plainfield Fire Lt. Jeff Drake says.

Plainfield firefighters spent several hours Saturday morning putting out dozens of hotspots. One caused lots of alarm and attention.

"One chair burning up in the bleachers," Drake says.

Officials say the blaze at the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps was started by a worker using a heater in one of the suites. Flames tore through the first-base side of the ball park, destroying 12 suites. Firefighters swept the stadium to make sure the little fires were out.

"There's many more," Drake says. "Just a matter of busting the ice and pulling some of the roof away to get where the heat is and put water on it."

Crews are already at work, removing debris and office equipment. Whitecaps management says they'll rebuild and will be ready to play ball.