Drone crash causes grass fire at Roscommon County soccer field

Drone crash causes grass fire at Roscommon County soccer field

13 July 2018

Published by http://www.wnem.com/

USA –  CBS – A grass fire charred a Mid-Michigan soccer field, and now the community is working to get it back in playing condition.

The fields are used primarily by the Roscommon North Youth Soccer Association.

Firefighters said a drone crashed on the field Sunday, sparking the fire.

“I was sick to my stomach. One of my friends is on our fire board and he called me, and I let all the other board members know, and I got out here as soon as I could,” Board Registrar Erika Nichols said.

The fire happened just as the Roscommon North Youth Soccer Association was working to improve the sprinkler system around the field and get them ready for the upcoming season.

“Kind of sad that if the fields don’t get fixed we won’t be able to play soccer. We need help to fix the soccer field so kids get a chance to play,” said Kylie Traver, a player.

However, the community said there was some good luck in the situation. The fire came within mere inches of sheds holding valuable equipment and left them untouched.

“It will grow back, just we’re going to need a little in some spots a little bit of seeds a little bit of top soil and we’ll figure that out. We really would like to put this back the way it used to be as a first-class soccer field,” said John Sinnaeve, a long-time coach.

Since the fire, people have started coming forward with donations to help fix the field.

“As soon as we put out the word about what happened other local soccer organizations have stepped up to help. Our local Roscommon wrestling team is adding a can drive to their car wash their doing on Saturday, a lot of local businesses have offered seed and fertilizer, and it’s overwhelming,” Association President Amanda Witt said.

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