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Friday, September 30, 2016

Fire breaks out near Dodger Stadium *

Late breaking fire and baseball news:

A small fire broke out in the hills near Dodger Stadium during tonight’s game. “There appears to be a fire on the hill behind center field,” said Lindsey Meyer in an email sent at about 9:30 PM. “It was crazy, the fire trucks looked like they were floating in the sky because the hill was pitch black.” I think there were only a handful of people who even noticed.”

About 10 firefighters from Los Angeles Fire Station No. 20 in Echo Park were on the scene at about 10:30 PM in addition to other crews, according to a person at the firehouse. He did not have any details about the size of the fire or whether it had been extinguished.

“Walking back home,” said Meyer in an email after the game. “Thank god we beat the lame-o Padres.”

* Update: Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Lauren DeRosier ** said Friday that about a quarter-acre of palm trees and brush were scorched. The department received “multiple calls” about the fire from fans attending the game, he said. Dodger spokeswoman Amy Summers said the fire did not affect the stadium and the Friday night fireworks “will go ahead as planned.”

** Correction: A previous version of this post described Lauren DeRosier as a “spokeswoman.” He’s not. Sorry about that.



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