The historic Civic Stadium in Eugene, Ore. was enguled in flames Monday afternoon.
A massive blaze burned through the Civic Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Monday afternoon, completely destroying the historic ballpark that was once home to the Emeralds minor league baseball team, officials said.
The building was consumed by “flames twice the height of the stadium,” Eugene Police public information coordinator John Hankemeier told the Daily News. It took 38 responders to get the blaze under control, after which fire officials declared it a total loss.
“It’s bad,” Eugene resident Kate Bilyeu, who posted pictures of the fire on Twitter, told the Daily News.
“The whole stadium is gone.”
The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. at Civic Stadium, which had been around since 1938.
No injuries have been reported, Hankemeier said. Eugene Police asked all residents within a two-block radius of the Civic Stadium to evacuate.
The two-alarm fire at the 6,000-seater was reported around 5:30 p.m. and contained by 7 p.m. It’s unclear how it started.
The stadium dates back to 1938 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, one year before the Emeralds stopped playing there. After years of abandonment, the private nonprofit Eugene Civic Alliance purchased it in April and planned a major re-development, starting with a roof renovation this summer, the Register-Guard reported.
The Alliance said in a statement after the fire: “It is too early for us to know where we go from here. We ask for a bit of grace and patience as we come to grips with this loss to our community and to our effort.”
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