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The second fire at Dodger Stadium explained

Jun 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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Remember last week that there was a fire at Dodger Stadium? And that, the next day, the same part of Dodger Stadium caught on fire again?  Well, the fire department explained it today.

It seems that the flammable material that was supposed to be removed from the room was not removed. Also, quoting an LAFD spokeman, “Someone turned on a fan to clear the smoke out and [instead] they fanned the fire.”

Wait — it’s possible that the quote was actually referring to the way Frank McCourt met payroll last week. Hard to say.

  1. kopy - Jun 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    It seems that the flammable material that was supposed to be removed from the room was not removed. Also, quoting an LAFD spokeman, ”Someone turned on a fan to clear the smoke out and [instead] they fanned the fire.” …. on purpose.

  2. CJ - Jun 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    I was going to post some sarcasm about McCourt trying to burn down a ginormous concrete structure to collect the insurance money, and how only someone as dumb as McCourt coudl think that would even work. After reading about how someone literally fanned the flames, I’m not so sure that’s sarcasm.

    After all, he has to have run out of cash advances by now and has to make the June payroll somehow.

    • lbehrendt - Jun 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      Cynical, CJ. If McCourt was trying to burn down Dodger Stadium to collect the insurance money, we know from every old detective TV series that the time to set these fires is at 2 a.m., when only the elderly night watchman is still around. McCourt would not be dumb enough to set these fires during an actually game. I’m about 80% sure of this. Well, maybe 60%, but no lower.

      • CJ - Jun 3, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        Remember, it’s a McCourt we’re talking about here. Who knows, maybe he thought during a game is when people would least expect something of that nature to go down.

        And even if he didn’t start the fire during the game, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t the guy that turned the fan on to try to help it along.

      • kopy - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        Maybe he did it during a game when there would be plenty of witnesses to see his stunt double in a luxury box. Then they would all testify that there’s no way McCourt started the fire because he was upstairs watching the game the whole time.

  3. wlschneider09 - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Well that’s just silly. McCourt wouldn’t start his own fire when he has all those relievers who are so good at it just sitting around in the bullpen.

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