Suspicious Fire at Vallejo Elementary School Playground - NBC Bay Area
North Bay

North Bay

The latest news from around the North Bay

Suspicious Fire at Vallejo Elementary School Playground



    Monkey Bars Burned, Playground Fire Investigation in Vallejo

    There was a suspicious fire at Glen Cove Elementary School in Vallejo, and it's not the first time there's been a playground fire there. Lili Tan reports. (Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

    Neighbors reported black smoke rising from Glen Cove Elementary School in Vallejo early Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived to find a play structure on fire.

    “A little before 6 a.m., multiple reports of structure fire at glen cove elementary school,” said Vallejo Fire Department Battalion Chief Cliff Campbell.

    Crews from two fire engines put out the flames in seconds, and no one was injured. However, about half of the jungle gym will have to be replaced. The fire melted rubber, plastic and aluminum, making the structure unsafe.

    Meanwhile, Vallejo Unified School District operations crews have boarded up a section of the play structure to make sure kids stay safe until they can rebuild.

    “It makes me angry. Probably some larger, older kids destroying a little kid’s play area. This is stuff my grandkids play on,” operations manager Butch Crane said.

    Crane says arson investigators found no signs of an accelerant on scene, and do not know the cause of the fire.

    This is the second suspicious playground fire in Vallejo in two years. Another one occurred in May of 2014 at Loma Vista Elementary School.

    Crews hope to have Glen Cove’s playground rebuilt by the start of school, which is in a month. Crane says it will cost thousands to replace.

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android