Fond Du Lac Police Search for Playground Arsonist
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FOND DU LAC, WI -- Parents are outraged tonight after part of a playground in Fond du Lac is completely destroyed in what police are calling a case of arson.
It happened Sunday night in Hamilton Park. Now police are trying to figure out who's responsible.
Police say they're looking for four people, two men, two women who may have information about the fire. They were the last people seen in the park before the blaze started.
“We heard a big boom, the park was in flames,” said Amanda Holzman, who lives next door to the park.
She says this will be very difficult for her son to understand. They visit the park nearly every day.
“I guess our next step is to go to a different park,” she said.
Today investigators are piecing together the scene, looking for the who and the how in this fire.
“Not to cause an alarm to anybody, but people who start fires intentionally, some do it cause it gives them some sick gratification,” said Peter O’Leary, Fond du Lac Fire Chief.
Crews used nearly 3,000 gallons of water with plastic melting in the heat.
This is the same park where a few years ago, the Public Service Memorial was vandalized.
“It is disturbing when you see these types of crimes, it just doesn't make any sense,” said Steve Klein, Assistant Chief of Operations with the Fond du Lac police.
Police are looking for four people who are persons of interest; anyone with any information should call police.
“It could be the break that we need to solve this crime,” said Klein.
The parks superintendent says insurance will cover the equipment. They'll take out the burned playground equipment and replace it, but that could take up to a month.