Scorched playground in Huntsville under investigation

Updated: Sep. 9, 2019 at 10:14 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A playground in north Huntsville has turned into a monument of scorched earth, damaged metal and melted plastic.

Huntsville Fire & Rescue’s Capt. Frank McKenzie said crews responded to a 911 call that someone had set the playground in the Northwoods neighborhood on fire Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews were able to put it out in minutes, but not before more than half the playground had been severely damaged.

HFR is still investigating the cause of the fire, but McKenzie said the area is not connected to an electrical source.

He said the department has been given multiple stories on what happened, including that kids had set the fire or two men had set the fire.

Overhanging wires were damaged, but repairmen on the scene told WAFF 48 News the electrical current from the wires could not have started the blaze.

The Huntsville Police Department said it is conducting a criminal investigation.

D’avian Johnson said he and loved ones live feet away from the playground, and the community has lost an asset.

“Kids out here, they get up to learn and walk right there, and they just burnt all that down," he said.

Johnson said the fire is a reminder for local children to be safe.

“I want the kids to just stop playing with fire. If you going to play with fire, do it at your house with a grown person at a grill, the responsible way.”>

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