Dryer fire at Goodyear Ballpark won't affect spring training game

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GOODYEAR. Ariz. – Today’s scheduled spring training game will go on as planned despite a minor fire at Goodyear Ballpark early Friday morning.

The park, which is the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, opened just last year.

The pre-dawn fire happened in an industrial clothes dryer. It was contained to the appliance, which is located in a non-public area.

The sprinklers went off, which automatically alerted the fire department. By the time fire crews arrived on the scene just after 5 a.m., things were under control.

“The suppression system worked perfectly as designed,” said Mike Svetz, Goodyear Parks and Recreation director.

There was minimal damage, and the cleanup should be complete by the time fans arrive.

No injuries were reported.

“We’re ready to go,” Svetz said.

The Indians joined the Cactus League in 2009 when they moved their spring training operations from Winter Haven, Fla. to Goodyear. They were originally part of the Cactus League from 1947 to 1992.

The Reds moved their spring training operations to Arizona from Sarasota, Fla., hosting their inaugural season in Goodyear last year.

Game time today is 1:05 p.m. The Indians and Rockies are playing.