A Scarborough elementary school is asking the community to help rebuild a playground destroyed Monday evening by a fire.

The fire department arrived Monday around 9 p.m. ET at Mary Shadd Public School near Finch Avenue East and Nielsen Road after someone discovered that the kindergarten play area was on fire, according to a letter principal Annessa Ali sent home with students Tuesday.


A fire destroyed a $20,000 playground installed last summer at a Toronto school after five years of fundraising. (CBC viewer)

The community spent five years fundraising the money to build the playground in a special section of the schoolyard for kindergarten students, said Ali. The $20,000 play area was installed last summer.

The school's insurance company does not cover a replacement, read the letter.

The school is hosting a fundraiser at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"We ask Torontonians to open their hearts to help," wrote Shari Schwartz-Maltz, a board spokeswoman.

Toronto District School Board employees have removed the charred remains from the play area, and the grounds are safe for students.

The Toronto police are investigating the incident.

With files from CBC's Natalie Kalata