RIPR News
2:46 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Fire destroys polo pavilion

PROVIDENCE, RI – A polo pavilion used for the Newport International Polo Series has burned to the ground. Portsmouth fire officials say the Pavilion fire broke out sometime around 5 am Thursday.

By the time firefighters reached the polo grounds, flames had already swallowed-up the structure. Soon enough, questions came to Agnes Keating, General Manager of the Newport International Polo Club, if the fire would disrupt the opening games scheduled for this weekend.

"No actually. We're happy to report that although there was this unfortunate event, it won't affect our schedule in any way," says Keating.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. The Newport International Polo Club is the successor to the Westchester Polo club, where in 1876 they held the first official polo match on American soil.

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