Officials: 2 Playground Arson Fires In 2 Days

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Local fire departments say they’ve responded to what appears to be two playground arson fires over the weekend.

The first fire occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday on the 1500 block of 30th Avenue North. The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the fire, which was outside a school on the playground.

The playground equipment and mulch beneath it were fully engulfed and a number of windows were broken at the school, according to reports. The estimated damage is at least $60,000.

Authorities say the area smelled like gasoline and combustible gas was detected around the metal slide posts.

There were no injuries reported. Officials were able to determine the fire was set intentionally.

Then, the following day, another playground fire was reported in Brooklyn Park. According to the Brooklyn Fire Department, the fire began around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Park Brook Elementary School.

Upon arrival, crews found a large fire on the play structure at the school. The playground equipment was destroyed and the fire was ruled suspicious.

Brooklyn Park authorities and the Minneapolis Fire Department are looking into a possible connection between the two fires.

  • Les Johnson

    At least they’re staying in their own backyards…

    • Dave

      We just need to take all of the L3SOs from around the state who’ve been dumped in North, and the suburban Johns and dope addicts out of the picture and keep them in their own backyards to add credence to your statement Les.

  • Murph

    The easiest way to solve this one is to see who was recently treated for burns at area emergency rooms! Punks with limited intelligence such as these must have, usually give themselves away by being dumber than a stump.Recent example the guy who burglerized his neighbors house then left his footprints in the fresh snow all the way home! Case solved!

  • Sonjay

    Gotta love those folks from Chicago and Gary, Ind!

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