- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A suspected arson fire caused more than $250,000 damage at a popular Juneau playground.

The Juneau Empire (https://bit.ly/2oFymZl) reports the fire was at “Project Playground,” a half-acre play area built 10 years ago at Twin Lakes, about halfway between downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley.

Two 13-year-old boys afterward were taken into custody and held on suspicion of felony criminal mischief and second-degree arson.

The fire began around 5:45 p.m. Monday and quickly engulfed rubber mulch and structures.

According to the Juneau Parks and Recreation website, the playground was built with donations and more than 17,000 hours of volunteer labor.

No one was injured in the fire.

Firefighters poured water into the playground and extinguished the fire after about 45 minutes.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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