Police Consider Soccer Complex Fire 'Suspicious' 8-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Police Consider Soccer Complex Fire 'Suspicious' 8-23-2010

A fire that destroyed a pavilion at a local soccer complex has been deemed suspicious by fire investigators.
Police said the fire started around 1:30 a.m. Monday at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex on McCarty Road.
"We've had some problems with graffiti and malicious destruction of the property here throughout this summer," said Saginaw Township fire department investigator Gary Graus.
No one was hurt in the fire, but investigators are searching through the rubble for possible clues, officials said.
"This doesn't look like an accident," said Grauf. "They could have set trash barrels on fire. But we won't know the exact cause for a while."
A damage estimate wasn't made available. Upcoming soccer activities will not be affected by the fire, officials said.
The Saginaw Township soccer complex is getting ready to sign up hundreds of players for the upcoming season. Soccer leaders said the player sign ups will go as planned.
"We'll be signing them up in September so that shouldn't be a problem," said John Howell, with the soccer complex. "What we're concerned about is the damage caused here and finding out who is responsible. This is a nice area and we want to keep it that way."
The complex will play host to the 2012 Michigan State Youth Soccer Association Region II tournament in June.
If you have any information on the fire, you are asked to contact police at 989-791-7226.

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