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High school baseball coaches placed on leave after fire

RIDGEFIELD — Three high school baseball coaches in Connecticut have been placed on administrative leave while police finish an investigation into who poured 24 gallons of gasoline on the team’s home field and lit it on fire.

Ridgefield schools Superintendent William Collins announced the decision in a letter to parents Tuesday.

The Danbury News-Times reports that the gasoline had been poured in an attempt to dry the wet infield more quickly in advance of a varsity baseball game scheduled for Saturday between Ridgefield High School and Amity High School.

Collins says the administrative leave is out of caution and he does not think the coaching staff was directly involved. His letter says students were not involved.

Cleanup and repair of the field is expected to cost $50,000.

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