Temple Playground Destroyed by Fire
Fire investigators are working to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a playground in Temple Sunday.
Six Temple Fire & Rescue units and fourteen firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire at Jefferson Neighborhood Park, 2310 Monticello Road, at 11:05 AM. When they arrived, they found the playground assembly in flames.
No injuries were reported, but the playground is a total loss and will have to be replaced.
Thomas Pechal with Temple Fire & Rescue said Sunday evening that the playground was the first completed project of the 2015 City of Temple Park's Bond Package and cost an estimated $147,000.
Sunday's fire came exactly seven months after a fire destroyed a playground at Temple's James Wilson Park. That fire, estimated to have cost the city around $250,000, was found to have been intentionally set, and two young boys were referred to juvenile probation in connection. One of the boys was reportedly involved the vandalism of the abandoned Emerson school building.