FAIRFIELD — A suspicious fire that all but gutted a Little League snack shack Thursday left the community shaken up, but not defeated.
Current and former members of the Cordelia/Tri-Valley Little League spent a few hours Saturday morning cleaning up the snack shack and equipment storage room that erupted in flames about 8 p.m. Thursday.
Fairfield fire officials initially estimated total damages to the structure and its contents to be about $25,000, but Tri-Valley board members said it could be more.
The building and most of the lawn equipment were heavily damaged, and it appeared as if someone broke in and stole some items, Battalion Chief Rob Bartoli said Thursday. Equipment was also found scattered on the field and streets.
Dave Mosher, a board member and past president of Tri-Valley, said the incident would not break the league’s spirit.
“It is very unfortunate what happened last evening at our fields,” he said Friday. “A few rotten apples, however, will not spoil our spirit at Tri-Valley.”
The league has had trouble with vandalism before, but according to Mosher’s wife Karen this was the worst incident.
Video from a surveillance camera showed three individuals walking away from the building after it started smoking, according to Bartoli.
Though the fire and vandalism left considerable damage, league members said they are touched that the community is stepping up to help.
Local businesses, contractors, even other baseball leagues have offered to help replace equipment, repair the shed and raise funds for Tri-Valley.
Board member Chris Burns said they won’t know the total cost of the damage until the insurance quote comes out. After that, the board can come together and determine what it can do to recoup its losses.
To learn more about the Cordelia/Tri-Valley Little League or upcoming fundraisers, visit its website, www.ctvll.org, or Facebook page.
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