Richmond elementary school playground fire causes $150,000 in damages

Posted at 7:40 PM, Apr 12, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. -- Investigators are working to determine who, or what, started a fire that destroyed the playground at Elizabeth Redd Elementary Tuesday evening.

Fire officials said they were called to the school grounds for a fire at approximately 6:10 p.m. The school is located in the 5600 block of Jahnke Road.

Investigators said crews got the fire under control within six or seven minutes of arriving on scene.

Witnesses said they could see black smoke from the fire all the way from the Forest Hill area.

Tommy Kranz with Richmond Public Schools said there is at least $150,000 worth of damage to the playground and a nearby trailer.

Kranz said the playground won't be able to be replaced until next school year.

Investigators said the school building was not impacted by the fire. There were no reported injuries.



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