Citi Field Not On Fire, But Something Outside The Stadium Is

If you've been watching the MLB on Fox broadcast on Saturday afternoon, you may have seen billowing smoke that appeared to be coming from center field at Citi Field. The camera caught the smoke multiple times, and it appeared that the home of the New York Mets may have been on fire. But after a quick bit of investigation, the origin of the fire -- which does not involve Citi Field -- was found.

There is quite the fire burning just outside the stadium, but there doesn't appear to be any danger to the Citi Field occupants. Instead, it appears a building a block or so away is fully engulfed. The amount of smoke and flames coming from the area looked menacing on TV, and had sports fans worried momentarily.

After the jump, photos of the fire.

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Via @TimMulherin

And a different angle, from further away, courtesy of @DianaKRice.

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Again, Citi Field is not on fire, even if the broadcast is creating the illusion of smoke coming from inside the stadium. And yes, the jokes about the Mets' season going up in flames have been flowing freely this afternoon.

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