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Alameda Firefighters Extinguish Park Fire Believed to be Intentional



    Playground Fire Believed to be Arson

    Police and fire officials in Alameda believe that a fire that destroyed a neighborhood playground was set intentionally. Sergio Quintana reports. (Published Saturday, July 13, 2019)

    Alameda police and firefighters are investigating a fire at Woodstock Park that began early Saturday morning.

    The Alameda Fire Department responded to reports of a playground that was on fire at around 3:39 a.m. in the 300 block of Cypress Avenue.

    Upon arrival, firefighters found the play structure fully engulfed in flames with severe damage to the rubberized turf. Officials said surrounding buildings were not damaged.

    Earlier that morning, crews also responded to reports of a garbage can fire at the same park.

    Alameda firefighters extinguish a play structure fire at Woodstock Park early Saturday morning. (July, 13, 2019)
    Photo credit: Alameda Fire Department

    Several families with small children went to the playground throughout Saturday hoping to play, only to find the destruction.

    “Oh, it’s horribly sad," said local resident Alicia Nachtigal. "It’s a great new play structure. And it was a really fun place for kids.”

    Fire and police investigators believe both fires were intentionally set and both incidents are under investigation.

    No additional information was immediately available. 

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