2 teens nabbed in Aylmer play structure arson

Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in relation to a play structure arson in Aylmer last month.

Police in Gatineau have arrested two teenagers in relation to the arson of a play structure in an Aylmer park.

Two teenage boys, 14 and 17 years old, face charges of arson as young offenders. The boys are Aylmer residents, police say, and they are known in the neighbourhood for committing previous minor offences in the area.

Two teens have been arrested after this play structure was set on fire in mid-August. (Ashley Burke/CBC)

The incident happened in the evening of Aug. 14 at the Aydelu Park on Court Street. The play structure suffered almost $49,000 damage due to the blaze and traces of accelerants were found at the scene.

Police also said part of the cleanup involved decontaminating the soil.

The fire urged local residents to call for security cameras at the park because, as they told CBC News, it was not the first arson there. Recently, a garbage can was set on fire there.

Police say 15 people provided police with tips.

Canadian Tire also announced in August plans to donate $15,000 — a $10,000 corporate donation and $5,000 from an Aylmer Canadian Tire store — to help rebuild the park. The money is going towards building supplies and new playground equipment.