Lexington playground fire deemed 'suspicious'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington playground that was built less than two years ago was destroyed by what officials are calling a 'suspicious' fire.

Flames lit up the Russell School Community Services Center playground on Toner Street Thursday night. Officials say it looks like the fire started in the center of the playground and worked its way out. They’re not sure who set the blaze, but believe it was intentional.

The playground, along with a renovated school that now serves as a head start program, opened up less than two years ago. Officials with the Community Action Council say since then, both have grown to be an important part of the community.

Now, children won’t be able to spend the next couple of weeks before winter crawling through obstacles or sliding down slides. Instead, officials say they’ll have to get more creative when it comes to daily activity.

“Unfortunately for our children, a part of their day-to-day development is also being able to come outside and play. I don’t know what they’ll be able to do, but they won’t be able to utilize this for quite some time,” says Cameron Minter, Public Information Specialist.

Investigators have not yet determined a cause for the fire.

Officials with the Community Action Council say because of the government shut down, they're not sure when repairs will be made to the playground since it's federally funded.

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