Saskatchewan

2 girls charged after 'huge fire' at Regina playground

A witness tells CBC News she saw a "huge fire" at a play structure in Regina on Monday night. Now two girls have been charged with arson.

Fire department says no one was injured

Regina resident Stacey Pho took video of a playground fire at Dr. Hanna Elementary school on Monday night. (Facebook/Stacey Pho)

Regina police have charged two girls with arson following a fire at a school playground Monday night.

Deirdra Cossette, who lives nearby, said that she came outside at about 9:40 p.m. CST and saw a fire underneath the play structure at Dr. Hanna Elementary School.

She said she was initially confused about what she was seeing, but once she realized it was a fire she ran to her friend's home while dialing 911.

Cossette said firefighters were already on the scene by the time she got closer to the blaze and it was under control within minutes.

 

Deputy Fire Chief Gordon Hewitt confirmed firefighters were called the play structure at about 9:37 p.m. CST after receiving multiple calls.

He said crews were on scene within five minutes and found rubber pellets on the playground on fire.

Hewitt said there was some damage to the steel components of the play structure, but the fire was quickly put out and no one was injured.

The play apparatus at Dr. Hanna Elementary School was taped off on Nov. 3, the day after the fire. Two girls have been charged with arson. (Germain Wilson/CBC)

Area resident Stacey Pho said it will have an impact on the community.

"Every child living here is on that thing daily, playing on it," Pho said.  "I mean, it's just part of the community, it's part of the school and something that the kids do during their recesses and after school and yeah, it's just sad."

Police said two girls, aged 12 and 13, have been taken into custody.

They are scheduled to appear in Youth Court Wednesday charged with arson.

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