COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A modern sprinkling system and other fire protection upgrades – including hydrants inside Fifth Third stairwells, have been installed as part of the post-fire rebuild.
It's not necessarily something fans will notice, but it sure has Plainfield Township Fire Chief Dave Peterson feeling better.
"It makes a significant difference,'' he said of the upgrades. " I think we would have been able to stop a significant amount of the fire loss had they been here.''
In each stairwell, new hydrants – called stand pipes, were installed on the upper and lower levels, for a total of six. At the time of the fire, there was no place inside the stadium for fire fighters to connect hoses.
"Back in January when these weren't here we had to lay 500 feet of hose in order to get to the location of the fire,'' Peterson said. "It delayed us by about 10 to 15 minutes.''