Playground Arson

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An early morning fire police say was set at a Chadron playground caused an estimated $60,000 in damage.

Police Chief Jerry Crews says a group of high school students staying in a dormitory at Chadron State College for a wrestling tournament reported the fire around 1:30 a.m.

State Fire Marshal Pat Gould says the blaze was limited to just the playground equipment. The blaze kept firefighters on the scene for an hour.

A community effort had purchased the heavy plastic equipment about two years ago.

Various school board members and maintenance workers say they do not know what, if anything, is salvageable.