Sun. Aug 18th, 2019

Fire destroys Palm Bay playground, melts play structures

A popular children's playground in Palm Bay has been reduced to pools of plastic. Park managers believe someone set the park on fire in the middle of the night.Park workers spent the day at Goode Park putting up a temporary fence."Looks like we're gonna have to demo the whole place, get it safe for the…
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A popular children’s playground in Palm Bay has been reduced to pools of plastic. Park managers believe someone set the park on fire in the middle of the night.Park workers spent the day at Goode Park putting up a temporary fence.”Looks like we’re gonna have to demo the whole place, get it safe for the public,” park foreman Josh Hudak said.There is not a lot left in the park to demolish. Swings and play structures all vanished in flames around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, and a circle of blackened mulch marks the extent of what was a very hot fire.Officials said teens were seen running from the area.A fire marshal has not ruled on a cause, and fire chiefs will not say whether they think it is arson. Park managers said they’re not sure how long it’ll take or how expensive it’ll be to replace the equipment.”Kids are often playing here daily. Now that it’s summer, there’s kids here all the time,” Hudak said.Investigators are looking at homeowner surveillance cameras to see if there’s a glimpse of anyone suspicious.

PALM BAY, Fla. —

A popular children’s playground in Palm Bay has been reduced to pools of plastic.

Park managers believe someone set the park on fire in the middle of the night.

Park workers spent the day at Goode Park putting up a temporary fence.

“Looks like we’re gonna have to demo the whole place, get it safe for the public,” park foreman Josh Hudak said.

There is not a lot left in the park to demolish. Swings and play structures all vanished in flames around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, and a circle of blackened mulch marks the extent of what was a very hot fire.

Officials said teens were seen running from the area.

A fire marshal has not ruled on a cause, and fire chiefs will not say whether they think it is arson.

Park managers said they’re not sure how long it’ll take or how expensive it’ll be to replace the equipment.

“Kids are often playing here daily. Now that it’s summer, there’s kids here all the time,” Hudak said.

Investigators are looking at homeowner surveilla

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