Detroit's Kronk Gym destroyed in fire

** FILE ** The Kronk Center appears under a cloudy sky in this Feb. 3, 2006 file photo in Detroit. The Kronk, the dingy, overheated basement gym that has produced more than two dozen world champions, is nearly down for the count, and Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward isn't sure whether he should throw in the towel. Steward has been reaching into his own pocket to keep the Kronk running in the eight months since Detroit shut down the recreation center that houses it because of a major budget shortfall. The city is permitting the gym to stay open, provided that Steward continues to run it and submits a monthly fee to cover utilities. But the potential knockout blow came the weekend of Sept. 16-17, 2006 when police say thieves entered the building through a window and made off with copper pipes from the basement boiler room, cutting off the gym's water supply. Copper, the value of which has skyrocketed on the New York Mercantile Exchange, is now a popular target for criminals across the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

DETROIT (AP) - The old Kronk Gym building in Detroit, where boxing champion Thomas Hearns and others trained, has been destroyed by fire. Deputy Fire Chief Dave Fornell told The Detroit News Sunday that the blaze at the vacant building on the city's southwest side was reported about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Fornell says the fire is being listed as suspicious. Legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward established the Kronk program in 1971.