Suspicious fire at youth baseball concession stand

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A youth baseball club is trying to raise money after a suspicious fire damaged the concession stand, with just a few weeks left in the season.

The ballpark for Deenball Sports is in Hampton by Francis Mallory Elementary School, just off Big Bethel Road.

Commissioner Charles Butler said he found out about the fire from a neighbor Sunday afternoon.

“It really bothers me because we really want to help the young people, and this is a good community, a lot of good young people here in this community…It just kind of really hurt me because we really work hard,” he said.

It’s not clear how the fire started, but investigators believe it is suspicious. Butler said the stand has been around for decades and is important for the organization, which includes baseball, softball, and tee-ball, with players ranging in age from four to 16.

“It’s used to help pay our utility bills here at the field and also it pays our umpires for our games, helps to buy softballs and baseballs…We’re just going to have to try to raise money, try to do fundraisers and try to raise money to see if we can get the money to pay for it,” Butler said.

Butler said they will repair the building and have funds set aside for other things they will use to make sure the games go on.

To find out how you can help, call Deenball Sports Inc. at 757-947-5497.

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