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Joplin South Little League needs help after fire

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Updated July 13, 2012 by Lindsey Henry:  Members of the Sunny Jim Little League Park in Joplin are asking for help and donations to repair a shed destroyed in a fire.

Last year the park was destroyed in the tornado and while crews began restoring the field, a fire quickly burnt down one of its main structures.

The fire happened about a week ago but now park officials say they're in need of many donations in a short time period.  A lawnmower, shelves and supplies were inside the new storage and bathroom building.

Board members say the community has donated several hundred dollars since the fire, but that the needs are far from being met.

"The storage building as well as the fire and obviously the rest of it was destroyed by the tornado and we made great leaps and bounds but there is still a lot of work to be done," says board member Todd Zar.

Park officials say the storage shed and bathrooms will cost about $50,000 to rebuild and that they were hoping to have everything finished in the next month.

The reason for the fire is still under investigation.

To make a donation to Sunny Jim Park mail to:
Joplin South Little League
PO Box 4114
Joplin, Missouri 64803

You can also visit the Joplin South Little League on Facebook.

Reported July 6, 2012:  Just as a Joplin Little League ballpark struggles to recover from last year's tornado, it now has to deal with fire damage.

An overnight fire swept through a building that housed restrooms and a storage shed at the Sunny Jim Little League ball park.  It contained a lawnmower and other landscaping supplies, banners and bases.

Damage is estimated at more than $50,000.

The building was new, built after the tornado took out an earlier structure, so officials tell us this loss hits hard.

"Volunteers came out this summer and donated hundreds of hours," says Dantley Harbin, a Sunny Jim Park board member.  "They helped us get this park back in shape for the kids to play this summer.  To have this happen is a punch in the gut."

No word on the cause of the fire.

The park board still hopes to host a tournament at the park later this summer.


News release from the Joplin Fire Department

The Joplin Fire Department responded to a reported Structure fire at 715 E 20th at 23:40hrs (11:40pm) last night.  Fire crews arrived on the scene at 23:45 hrs to find heavy smoke and fire involvement coming from a storage and restroom building at the Sunny Jim Little League ballpark.  The fire cause heavy smoke and fire damage to structure.  The fire was brought under control at 23:56.

The facility is owned and operated by the Joplin South Little League.  The facility was not occupied at the time of the fire.

There were no injuries to fire crews during the incident.  6 Joplin Fire Units and 18 Joplin Fire personnel responded.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. 

Mitch Randles
Fire Chief
Joplin Fire Department

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