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Fire departments were able to put out the flames after the scoreboard catches fire at Columbus Crew Stadium.
911 Dispatchers tell 10TV that the scoreboard began to smoke then caught fire just before the game was about to start Saturday evening. Fire departments arrived to the scene and worked for several minutes to put out the flames.
Columbus Crew officials evacuated the area around the scoreboard. There were no injuries reported.
A spokesperson for the stadium tells 10TV the speaker system at the top of the scoreboard is the likely cause of the fire. No word on estimated damage at this time.
After the start of the game, officials issued the following statement:
“...We had a fire in the speaker cabinet of the scoreboard. The Columbus Fire Department addressed the situation swiftly,” said Columbus Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers. “They have the fire under control; in fact they have given us the all-clear to move forward with the game. We are working on some auxiliary sound at the moment and we are going forward with the match. Thankfully there were no injuries whatsoever thanks to our operations staff and the Columbus Fire Department. The safety of our fans, players and all attendees is always the top priority.”
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