Fire Breaks Out at New Texas Rangers Stadium

Fire Breaks Out at New Texas Rangers Stadium

A fire broke out on Saturday at the new stadium for the Texas Rangers that is set to open next year, fire officials said.

The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. at the ballpark, which is under construction, in Arlington, Texas, about 20 miles west of Dallas.

The fire was contained “in the upper sections of the stadium,” and there were no injuries reported, Lt. Mike Joiner, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The extent of the damage was not immediately available.

Manhattan Construction, which is working on the $1.1 billion project, said in a statement that a “crate of materials staged in the roof area” of the stadium, known as Globe Life Field, caught fire. The Texas Rangers on Saturday referred to the Manhattan Construction statement.

The team’s future home, which is set to open in March 2020, was at least 85 percent complete by late last month, according to a post on Twitter by the field’s official account.

People posted videos on social media of a thick plume of smoke rising over the area where the ballpark is being built.

The new stadium is replacing the 25-year-old Globe Life Park, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in August.

The ballpark features a retractable roof that was closed for the first time last week, according to the stadium’s Twitter account.

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