As the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans celebrated their 23–20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game, a grass fire broke out right outside of Arrowhead Stadium.
The fire started at Gate 6 of the Truman Sports Complex, which included both Arrowhead and the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium. While the Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) worked to put out the flames, fans were also busy making their way out of the stadium.
Kansas City is on fire outside of arrowhead pic.twitter.com/hdWisFaBw5
— Tino Bovenzi (@TinoBovenzi) January 30, 2023
Initial reports from the KCFD suggested that fireworks set off after the Chiefs’ victory might have caused the grass fire. However, an official cause has yet to be determined.
Multiple fire departments are currently battling a massive grass fire that broke out outside of Arrowhead Stadium parking lot near Kansas City the exact cause on how it started is unclear pic.twitter.com/GZ4KrF2MWt
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) January 30, 2023
The fire started shortly after the game ended, as fans were still in a celebratory mood. Although the KCFD was able to quickly contain the fire, it did cause some minor panic. As the KCFD worked to put it out, traffic exiting the stadium was rerouted to avoid the flames.
Although there were no reported injuries or major damage, the fire did serve as a reminder of how quickly things can change. Fans and players had just been celebrating the Chiefs’ huge victory, and now they were faced with a potentially dangerous situation.
There is a fire right next to Arrowhead. pic.twitter.com/J6omO5VCXD
— C\hris🌪 (@WXChris13) January 30, 2023
Fortunately, the KCFD was able to quickly contain the fire, and the situation was brought under control. As the investigation into the cause of the fire continues, the Chiefs and their fans can take comfort in the fact that they were able to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.