TV5 exclusive: arsonist sought after playground torched - WNEM TV 5

TV5 exclusive: arsonist sought after playground torched

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It's supposed to be a place for children to unwind and have fun, but now a local playground has been transformed into a crime scene.

Fire crews were called out after someone saw the play set go up in flames, and it happened just feet away from a day care center.

Fire fighters say the fire burned so hot that it melted some of the playground structures right to the ground, and speaking of melting, look at this-about 20 feet away-the flames so hot that they melted some of the vinyl siding on a building next to the playground.

The play area is attached to a pre-school facility at the complex.  Workers there said they can't imagine why anyone would want to torch a playground for kids, and neighbors living near the location told TV5 the same thing.

Fire fighters told TV5 they have no doubt the fire was intentionally set and they've offered a $5,000 reward for an arrest in the case. They're hoping someone saw something and will step forward with their information and call the Buena Vista Township Fire Department at 755-4103.

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