Fire destroys pro shop at Madison Mallards Duck Pond

The building that houses the Madison Mallards Pro Shop was destroyed by fire the evening of Oct. 17, and while firefighters quickly were able to control the fire, smoke damage might have spread to the team’s clubhouse. According to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal, fire department officials consider the fire to be potentially suspicious.

Firefighters were called to the Madison Mallards Duck Pond ballpark, located in the 2900 block of North Sherman Avenue, at 9:51 p.m. and arrived five minutes later.

Nobody was in the building at the time, and many of the contents already had been moved to the team’s nearby clubhouse, according to Vern Stenman, president of Big Top Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Mallards. Interviewed Friday morning on WIBA radio, Stenman says the clubhouse might have sustained some smoke damage.

Stenman called the loss a sentimental one, but he notes the structure will be rebuilt.