Fire damages Miller Park, Brewers game still on
MILWAUKEE -- A two alarm fire broke out in the ventilation system above Friday's Front Row restaurant inside Miller Park Monday morning. It has led the Brewers to have to make short-term changes for Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Reports of the fire came in around 2 a.m. and the flames were knocked down around 3:30 a.m.
Inside, there was water pooled up in spots on the ground and inside elevators. Workers splashed through the puddles, as they worked to dry them up. That's not putting a damper on tonight's game, even if Friday's has to temporarily close.
"There will be some restricted access in the left field hot corner. We don't expect the elevators or escalators to be operable in the short term," Schlesinger said. "People need to use ramps and stairs."
Additionally, the Brewers said the left field Loge concession stand and the Miller Park Conference Center Meeting Rooms on the stadium's club and terrace levels would have to close for now.
Fans who can't use the stairs do have two other gate options. They can use the elevators and escalators at the Home Plate and Right Field entrance.
The Brewers said they would individually contact fans who have tickets in the Friday's seating areas to make alternate plans.
Crews said the fire may have started inside the stove or fryer area and spread into the air ducts causing a lot of thick, black smoke.
"There’s a high potential for grease buildup in those areas,” said Chief Aaron Lipski. “The suspicion is that that heated up into the part that was actually burning."
There were no injuries.
"The good news is that the fire was localized,” Schlesinger said. “There's no visible fire damage to any of the other areas of the ballpark."
Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. There was no initial word on when Friday’s will reopen.