As the Cubs enjoyed their first day off in over a month and their final day of rest for the remainder of the regular season, Wrigley Field was still buzzing with activity.
Not for a good reason, however.
Apparently, there was a fire at the "Friendly Confines" Thursday afternoon...in the press box:
E78 E112 TL21 T44 BC12— Chicago Fire Department Incidents (@CFD_FD) September 20, 2018
1060 W ADDISON - WRIGLEY FIELD
FIRE IN THE PRESS BOX
Wow. There are so, so many jokes to be made here.
But before we could even make any remarks about hot takes, The Score's Bruce Levine explained there wasn't actually a fire IN the press box, but just outside it:
Concession stand fire inside Wrigley put out by the fine men and women of CFD . The location was in the upper deck to the right field side of the press box . No press box damage . More details as Cubs assess damage and pass on info.— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) September 20, 2018
A malfunctioning ice cream machine was also stated be the cause of the fire:
Just talked to firefighters who said an ice cream making machine in one of the concession stands at Wrigley shorted out. Worker panicked and called department. Fire’s out. Ice cream will be served. Remain calm. All is well. https://t.co/sdTzbiO4oP— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) September 20, 2018
Thankfully, spokesperson Julian Green of the Cubs stated that they were no injuries in the fire.
The Chicago Fire Department may not have even needed to utilize any trucks given the fire station is right across the street from the left field foul pole.
All immediate threats appear to be put out for now, but no word yet on how this will affect Wrigley Field moving forward or how much damage the fire caused.
The Cubs will play in Chicago this weekend, but at Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side. They return home Monday evening for a 7-game homestand against the Pirates and Cardinals to close out the regular season.
The Cubs are hoping to play host to Game 1 of the NLDS two weeks from Thursday, if they can stave off the Brewers and clinch the division.