Three Ridgefield high school varsity baseball coaches are on administrative leave while police investigate who poured gasoline on the team’s field at Governor Park and set it on fire.
Superintendent Dr. William Collins notified the school community in a letter Tuesday, saying that there were no students involved. Collins also said that while they do not think the coaching staff was directly involved, they have been placed on leave as a precaution pending the outcome of the investigation.
The town of Ridgefield said that on Saturday, someone doused the field with gasoline and set it on fire in an attempt to “dry the field quicker.”
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Field Maintenance at Governors Field in Ridgefield. First responders currently on scene. Game being moved? Environmental Hazard? pic.twitter.com/9eKd2JcBJC
No one was hurt, but there was damage to the site. The town plans to excavate the infield, place dirt in a safe container and add fresh, clean soil to the field. Town officials said it could cost as much as $50,000 for all the repairs.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to call the Ridgefield Police Department.