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Fire At Memorial Stadium Under Control, Charlotte Fire Department Says

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Central Piedmont Community College says there was a fire on its Central Campus Friday morning.

The Charlotte Fire Department said 26 firefighters were needed to control a fire at Memorial Stadium on Friday morning.

The fire occurred at a 20-foot by 40-foot building on Armory Drive, Charlotte Fire Department said -- the stadium's old press box -- and was declared under control within 18 minutes.

Mecklenburg County's Twitter account said a contractor hit a live wire while tearing down an old press box, sparking the fire.

The 17,000-seat Memorial Stadium originally opened in 1936 and Mecklenburg County began a $32 million renovation of the stadium in September.

Jodie Valade has been a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE since 2019. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Athletic to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks — where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal — and at The Kansas City Star. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.