UPDATE: Avon Little League President Mike Ryan told Fox CT that an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 in equipment and merchandise–including hats, t-shirts, a pitching machine and food in the concession stand’s freezer–was destroyed. The league is a non-profit, and operating expenses are paid for by registration fees and donations.
Ryan and the league’s board will assess the damage and vote on decisions regarding what needs to be replaced, but “Avon Little League will go on.” Ryan further says the damage won’t impact the league’s operation and the planned upcoming seasons will operate as usual.
A press release from the fire department states that the fire is being considered “suspicious,” and the department is instigating. In addition to the damage to the shed, which became fully engulfed in flames, a grass fire next to the concession stand caused damage to that structure as well.
The department believes one or more individuals was in the area at the time of the fire, and the departmetn is asking for the public’s help in the investigation. If you have any information, or saw a person or persons travelling away from the park along the route of Fischer Drive to Ensign Drive to Bickford Drive to Climax Road, please call 860-409-4200.
A fire that destroyed the equipment shed for the Avon Little League early Wednesday morning is being investigated.
The Avon Fire Department said the call for the fire in the shed, located behind the Board of Education building on Simsbury Road, came in at 3:17 a.m.
Officials said the shed also contained an air conditioning unit, a freezer where food was stored and a control system for the irrigation system on the field. There is no information on the cost of the lost equipment. No injuries were reported.
The fire marshal said there was vandalism in the area, but have not connected that to the fire.