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Clarksburg Playground Fire Under Investigation

Montgomery County Fire officials are investigating a fire which was discovered at a local playground the Arora Hills neighborhood of Clarksburg.

At about 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3, MCFRS units were called to the playground at the Arora Hills Local Park located at 23241 Arora Hills Drive in Clarksburg. Firefighters arrived to find a tree, the soft landing playing surface, two benches, and most of the playground equipment geared toward very young children burning or melting away.

The only thing remaining were the steel supports for the benches and the metal skeleton of the plastic “train” which children would climb on or tunnel through. The plastic fencing around the park was also burned and melted away.

The burned section of the park was taped off with yellow crime-scene take reading “Fire Line Do Not Cross.”

MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer said the cause of the fire was “under investigation” it seemed clear to a number of parents at the park staring and taking photos that the fire must have been intentionally started by someone. Fire officials estimate the playground suffered more than $50,000 worth of damage from the fire.