Tip Leads To Arrest Of Kids For Playground Equipment Arson

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Two juveniles are under arrest for setting a fire that destroyed new playground equipment at Martinez Elementary School.

The playground, at 6460 Vickers Drive, was burning when firefighters arrived at 9:09 p.m. on April 25. Although it was extinguished quickly, the flames caused significant damage to the playground.

The playground was erected less than a year ago. After the fire, it was boarded up to prevent children from playing on it.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says a tip provided through the Safe 2 Tell program led to the arrest of two juveniles for the arson. Because of their age, information about the suspects was not released.

The destruction is tough for students, staff and parents, who spent five years fundraising to pay for the new equipment.

“It's just a little disheartening to see that in just one night all that work is just destroyed and we don't know when it's going to be fixed or how long it's going to take,” parent Cinnamon Moore said.

The damage to the equipment was estimated at $6,200.


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  • by D.1 Location: Here on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM
    Citizen k i had a great laugh at your post.:)oh the memories of worn down metal equipment that brought me joy none of this plastic stuff oh and the way it scorched our hands in the summer.:) oh how times have changed in the last 20 years. But it was for the better...
  • by MartiParent on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
    The school district has insurance, it is a matter of whether there are deductible costs involved - with budget cuts on the horizon - this is a cost that is probably low on the priority list.
  • by Paid on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
    People post on little phones and do it for free. KKTV has people on staff that went to school and get paid to properly edit news stories.
  • by Citizen K on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    Wouldn't there be some sort of insurance for this type of thing? If not, I'll donate money to rebuild too. Somebody should set up another fundraiser. Maybe we should go with good old fashioned metal equipment. Worked for us in the 90s and nobody ever burned ours down.
  • by MartineDad on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    Yes. The district has insurance and the playground will eventually be repaired. The real sad part about this is the playground was a result of years of fundraising and a summer of parents volunteering their weekends to rip out the old one and erect this new one.
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      by cs on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM in reply to MartineDad
      Wow people on here can be rude on here. I am sorry this happened and hope it gets fixed. At least no kids were hurt.
  • by Sandie Location: CS on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    You probably have the middle school/high school kids to thank for this incident. The suspects had nothing to do last night...or maybe it was more of those metal thieves looking for copper...(Yes, I know there was no copper in the playground).
  • by Rick on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    Uh, don't they have insurance?
  • by Holden McGroin on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM
    When you go to a school named Marteniz Martin Luther King, etc. you better hope the stuff there is fireproof!
  • by Jessica Location: north cos on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
    Can we donate directly to Martinez?
  • by Hmm on Apr 26, 2012 at 04:53 PM
    Mice upside down pic.
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      by Citizen K on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM in reply to Hmm
      Nice (or "mice" if you prefer) typo. See? Mistakes can happen to anybody.
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