Denver Broncos stadium fire
DENVER – Firefighters put out a fire that burned several rows of seats and the wing area at the Denver Broncos Stadium on Thursday.
The fire broke out on the fourth level at Empower Field at Mile High just after 2 p.m.
and spread to the third level, burning at least six rows of seats in two sections.
Fire at Denver Broncos’s stadium torches seats, suite area
Firefighters quickly managed to get the fire under control, but they were trying to determine if it had spread to other areas of the football field, which has a capacity of 76,125 people.
Stadium officials said in a statement on Twitter that the fire occurred in a construction area near the East Club lobby.
At least 100 people were attending an event on the second level, but the stadium was empty.
About 75 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the fire. There were no reports of injuries.
News helicopter footage showed several firefighters using water cannons to extinguish the blaze, which sent large plumes of black smoke from the stadium near downtown Denver.
The Denver Fire Department tweeted several photos showing large flames spreading across the seating area.
Captain Greg Bexley, a spokesman for the fire department, said the fire appeared to have originated in the wing but was partially extinguished by the sprinkler system. Then it spreads to the seats made of plastic.
“This kind of plastic that the seats are made of burns not only from great ferocity, very large flames, but also produces a tremendous amount of black smoke,” he said.
Investigators did not say what caused the fire, which burned at least 1,000 square feet (93 square metres).
A welding torch was blamed for a similar fire that burned plastic seats in the west stands of the old Mile High Stadium in January 2002.
“Our firefighters have experience with this type of firefighting. …
Anytime you have a fire at a higher level, you will have to move a great deal of equipment into that environment.
So our firefighters brought a number of heavy pieces of hose, equipment, saws and the like, to be able to help them put out this fire.”