Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Playground Fire is Arson

08-16-11 Playground Fire is Arson
    Boise, August 16, 2011 - Boise Police & Fire investigators say a fire overnight at a West Boise playground was intentionally set. Officers are actively searching for any information that will lead to whoever is responsible and they're asking the public's help.

    "The neighbors I talked to are devastated," said Det. Mike Hill, an arson investigator for the Boise Police Department. 

    "Parents and grandparents were saying how much their children enjoyed playing on the equipment. They say the neighborhood itself put a lot of effort into getting the park and the playground renovated and now it's a total loss." said Det. Hill.  

    What Happened:Boise Firefighters were called at 3:49 this morning by a citizen who saw the playground equipment on fire at the Nottingham Neighborhood Park at 5243 N. Decatur Dr. Firefighters put the flames out quickly, but not before the entire jungle gym was destroyed, either by the flames or melted from the heat. Fire investigators estimate the playground equipment is a $50,000 loss. 

    Investigators say the equipment was made of plastic and plastic coated metal. They have no doubt the fire was set intentionally. 

    Asking the Public's help:Anyone who has any information on who may be responsible for starting the fire at the Nottingham Neighborhood Park is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.