Cy-Fair ball fields shut down after arson fire

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by Rucks Russell/KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

HOUSTON—The baseball dreams of a bunch of kids went up in smoke when an arsonist set fire to a storage shed full of sports supplies

The blaze forced the Cy-Fair Sports Association to temporarily close several ball fields at their facility located in the 5500 block of Queenston.

Authorities said the fire was started in the storage shed early Friday morning. Dozens of baseball gloves, stripers and a sandpro were destroyed. The equipment lost was worth about $25,000 and officials with the volunteer-driven non-profit association said it would have a devastating blow.

"The only ones you’re hurting out here are the kids," said Curtis Cooper, the vice president of the CFSA. "They hurt little kids that just want to come out here and play baseball."

This was not the first time vandals had struck the facilities. Four years ago, someone hot-wired a bull dozer and badly damaged the ball fields.

So far, no one has been charged for the arson, but a man who was observed leaving the fire scene remains in police custody.

CFSA officials are hoping to raise money to replace what was destroyed. In the meantime, kids who play ball are stuck in the bleachers.

"Why would anyone do this?" asked 9-year-old Carson Cooper. "I just don’t get it."

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