Seats, suite area on fire at Denver Broncos Stadium

Firefighters extinguished a fire that burned several rows of seats and a suite at Denver’s Broncos Stadium.

DENVER – Firefighters on Thursday extinguished a blaze at several rows of seats and a suite in Denver’s Broncos Stadium.

The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. on the fourth level of the Empower Field at Mile High and spread to the third level, where it burned at least six rows of seats in two sections. Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control but are trying to determine if it has spread to other areas of the football stadium, which seats 76,125 people.

Stadium officials said in a statement on Twitter that a fire had broken out at a construction site near the East Club Lounge. At least 100 people took part in a second level event, but the stadium was otherwise empty.

About 75 firefighters were on the scene at the height of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Footage from a news helicopter showed several firefighters using water hoses to extinguish the blaze, which sent large chunks of black smoke from the stadium near the city of Denver. The Denver Fire Department tweeted several pictures showing large flames spreading through the seating area.

Capt. Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the fire department, said the fire appeared to have started from the suite but was partially contained by a sprinkler system. It is then spread on seats made of plastic.

“These types of plastic seats are made up of not only significant violence, burning with very large fires, but it also produces a lot of black smoke,” he said.

Investigators did not say what caused the fire, which burned at least 1,000 square feet (93 square meters).

A welder’s torch was blamed in January 2002 for starting a similar fire to burn plastic seats on the west stand of the old Mile High Stadium.

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This story has been updated to correct that the fire started on the fourth level and spread to the third level.

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