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Fire destroys wooden stadium in Glasgow that had been home to baseball games for 65 years

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A 65-year-old wooden baseball stadium in Glasgow burned down early Thursday morning. The fire started just before 2 a.m. at Richardson Stadium in Glasgow’s
Gorin Park.

Glasgow Parks and Recreation Director Eddie Furlong said by the time he got to the park at 2:15 a.m., the stadium was engulfed in flames.

“And with the fire it has destroyed roughly two-thirds or more of the wood," said Furlong. "At this point it looks like the entire stadium is a total loss.”

No one was in the stadium at the time of the fire.

“It began in the concession stand area," Furlong said."The state fire marshal determined that one of the electrical panel boxes had sparked, shorted out, something like that in one of the breakers. And that’s what caused the fire to start.”

The wooden Richardson Stadium was built in 1957 and was a unique part of the community. It was used for Glasgow schools baseball programs, including the Glasgow High School Scotties.

The city will start considering what to do for baseball season next spring after information is sent to the insurance company.

Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans. She has worked at Rhode Island Public Radio, as an intern at WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia, and at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rhonda’s freelance work called Writing Into Sound includes stories for Voice of America, WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, Conn., NPR and AARP Prime Time Radio. She has a master’s degree in media studies from Rhode Island College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Rhonda enjoys quiet water kayaking, riding her bicycle and folk music. She was a volunteer DJ for Root-N-Branch at WUMD community radio in Dartmouth, Mass.
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