CUL DE SAC--A fire of unknown origin destroyed the commentary booth at Caribe Lumber Ballpark last night. The fire destroyed the outer part of the booth and only an unusable skeleton of the booth was left standing after the blaze had been extinguished by the Fire Department.
The commentary booth was a two-storey building. The lower flat was used for storage while the upper flat was used to broadcast mainly first class matches via radio. The fire started in the lower flat, but its origin has not yet been ascertained.
An eyewitness who was one of the persons who called the fire truck told The Daily Herald he had made the call when the fire was in the first flat of the building. According to him, the structure could have been saved if the Fire Department response had been better. He said the fire truck had arrived "about 45 minutes" after he made the first call to the department.
He stated that a pickup truck had come first with firemen who were taking pictures of the burning building and then two fire trucks had came with more firemen and started pouring water on the blazing building. The firemen took more than an hour to extinguish the fire completely.
A release from a Cricket St. Maarten official stated, "Cricket St. Maarten has suffered a great loss with the destruction by fire of the commentary booth. This booth is one of the many facilities that are used on the ground to serve cricket lovers. Cricket St. Maarten is fully committed to serving the island in the sport fraternity and is confident that this setback will not deter such a course."
The fire will not hamper the current cricket tournament, as the field is fully operational. MNO Spartanz will take on Winair Conquerors on Saturday from 1:00pm and KFC Twisters do battle against A&A Supply on Sunday from 10:00am.