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New Playground Burned in Late Night Fire at P.S. 29

Fire Marshalls are investigating the incident

Playground equipment in 's schoolyard was set on fire early Sunday morning, police said.

According to a Fire Department spokesperson, the fire was reported just before 1 a.m. FDNY Fire Marshalls were alerted and are now investigating the cause of the fire.

At the school on Sunday, children were playing ball on the sidewalk outside the schoolyard, which was closed to the public.

"It's just crazy," said PTA Vice-President Lisa Trollbäck at the school Sunday afternoon. "Who would do this?"

Building manager John Russo said he was planning to call the contractor who built the playground to see if any of it was salvageable, adding he hopes parts can be replaced.

The P.S. 29 schoolyard and playground was completely renovated recently and hasn't been open for even a year.

"This is just heartbreaking," said Trollbäck. "We haven't even finished painting yet."

According to an e-mail circulated by the school PTA, there was also vandalism around the school.

The schoolyard is open to the public on weekends, said Russo, who added that it should be locked up at night. Parents who live in the vicinity have keys, Russo said.

The 76 Precinct has stepped up patrols around parks and schoolyards, as an extra precaution.

Anyone with information should call the 76th Precinct Community Affairs Officers at 718-834-3207.

South Brooklyn May 09, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Or that woman who stole money from the school and got caught.
Anthony May 09, 2011 at 08:47 PM
No one is jumping to conclusions, Andrew. But, like most parks in South Brooklyn, parks are locked up after a certain time.
Kev May 10, 2011 at 06:38 AM
Although burns to the playground look serious, the structure still stands. whoever built the playground ensured a strong foundation, and hopefully damaged parts can be restored.
annette May 10, 2011 at 09:39 PM
I live near by and i believe cameras should be put all around the shcool. My car was vandalize twice in four months.
CHTDweller May 14, 2011 at 08:03 PM
I truly do not understand this thread. The fact that we have parents who are setting up a blind trust to initiate repairs and yet the reports state that the culprits are unknown.... This sounds so much like elitism. And another mentioned that the lawyer for one of the unknown is helping out but the identities are not yet revealed..... again, elitism.The next step is to announce massive hours of community service (to be expunged on completion, of course).. Somebody here is well connected. The fact that the entire school was without the use of the yard for a prolonged period, and that everyone had an understandable build-up of anticipation for the return of this area. It is a real part of the community, wholesome activity at no cost. In case no one has noticed, after a nice quiet hiatus, the car alarms are back. Those bells are tolling and they don't signify any damages or theft..... just boredom and the summer is coming. Toes need to be held to the fire now - no exemptions or the ones serving sentennces for these "simple" crimes will be us - as we hesitatingly walk our own streets.

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