- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two juveniles have been charged with starting the fire that damaged playground equipment at a Des Moines elementary school.

Police Sgt. Dan Blom says the juveniles were charged Friday with second-degree arson and turned over to their parents.

Des Moines fire officials said they responded shortly before 11 a.m. Friday to Park Avenue Elementary.

The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1krfwyw ) reports that firefighters found the playground equipment engulfed in flames and quickly put out the blaze. School was not in session, so no students were at the playground. No injuries were reported.

Des Moines fire inspector Ted Jefferson says it was brand new equipment that had only been played on a few times.

School officials estimated the damage at between $50,000 and $100,000, promising to replace the equipment.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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