Juvenile suspect wanted in Weiser playground fire

Posted at 12:33 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 15:33:41-04

Police have questioned four juveniles -- and have charges pending against one -– in relation to a Wednesday night fire at the Memorial Park in Weiser.

The fire was reported about 10 p.m.

“Someone used paper or other materials to start a fire in the sawdust,” said Weiser Police Chief Carl Smith. The sawdust had recently been donated to help provide a softer “landing area,” for children using the playground equipment, the Chief explained.

Flames only did minimal damage to the equipment.

“The park won’t be re-opened until it’s cleaned up,” Smith said.

The juvenile suspect remains at large.

City managers are working to trying to determine how much it will cost to repair the damage.