Fire on school playground causes $2,000 in damage Blaze burning play set, step was set, official says

April 08, 1997|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

Arsonists used flammable liquid to damage playground equipment Friday at Waverly Elementary School in Ellicott City, a deputy state fire marshal said.

About 10 p.m., a neighbor reported that the equipment -- a metal step and bridge play set with poles for swinging -- was ablaze at the school on Wetherburn Road.

The fire caused about $2,000 damage, said W. Faron Taylor, a deputy fire marshal.

Yesterday, the charred equipment -- one of the school's three playground sets, the one closest to the school -- was wrapped in red "DANGER DO NOT ENTER" tape.

"It's pretty childish to set it on fire," said Tim Ford, 15, of Mount Hebron High School, as he took a water break from playing basketball with his friend Darrin Stough, 13, a student at Mount View Middle School. "It could have spread to the school."

Said Chad Dayball, 13, also a Mount View student: "Where are the children going to play now?"

About 10 firefighters from Howard County Fire and Rescue had the fire under control in five minutes.

The investigation is continuing, Taylor said.

Anyone with information about the fire was asked to call the Arson Hotline at 800-492-7529.

Pub Date: 4/08/97

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