Lightning strike destroys NH baseball facility
GOFFSTOWN, N.H. (WHDH) -- A lightning strike sparked a huge fire that left a New Hampshire little league team with nothing. The fire quickly spread across the field leaving thousands of dollars in damage behind.
Flames stretching 30 to 40 feet high left almost nothing behind at Allard Park, home of the Goffstown Babe Ruth League. The Allard family, which lives nearby, said it all started Saturday afternoon with a lightning strike.
“They were very loud, almost explosion like. Right then and there we knew that something was wrong,” said Chris Allard.
Equipment for 80 young baseball players and pitching and batting cages were destroyed in the blaze. The flames wiped out the field’s water system, electric system and more.
“There’s a lot of memories. A lot of kids have gone through this complex. There’s a lot of memories tied to that building,” said Kevin Baines, President of the Goffstown Babe Ruth League.
The building was used year round for training for young athletes, but the league says what's most important is finding a way to get the players back on their feet by spring.
“We're gonna make it work. We're determined to do that. There are kids relying on us to make it work,” said Baines.
The league's president says they lost about $10,000 worth of equipment in the fire. They will try and replace the equipment with help from the people of Goffstown. League officials will meet later this week to determine what they need to do to recover from the fire.