RICHMOND, Va. — Investigators are working to determine who, or what, started a fire that damaged the playground at Fairfield Court Elementary Friday afternoon. The fire at Phaup Street was reported at about 4:30 p.m.
Richmond School Board member Jeffrey Bourne supplied CBS 6 with a photo of the fire and black smoke rising from the playground.
There have been several playground fires reported in Richmond over the last few years. In July, a fire damaged the playground at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School. Richmond School Board member Kim Gray said the cost to replace the playground was around $150,000.
She said since she started on the school board in 2009, she could remember at least five playground fires.
In May, a Richmond elementary school student was arrested for allegedly trying to set fire at the Woodville Elementary School playground. In 2013, someone set fire to a playground for special need students at J.L. Francis Elementary. That playground cost around $70,000 to build, school officials said.