Juvenile suspect identified in Gladys Wood playground fire
A boy has been identified as the person who allegedly set a devastating fire at an Anchorage elementary school’s playground in June.
The Anchorage Fire Department issued a brief statement Wednesday on the June 4 case, saying it has been forwarded to the state Division of Juvenile Justice for review.
“AFD and APD jointly investigated the fire and have since identified a male juvenile suspect responsible for the arson,” police wrote. “The case has been forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice for review.”
Anchorage School District officials have put the price tag for the fire as high as $250,000. Less than two years ago, the school lost an estimated $125,000 in an October 2016 playground fire whose suspects were never caught.
ASD spokeswoman Catherine Esary couldn’t say anything further about the suspect Wednesday, including whether he was a student at Gladys Wood or faces any disciplinary action from ASD.
“We're just very appreciative of the fire department for their work and keeping the community safe,” Esary said.
Investigators identified two suspects in a separate fire at Mountain View Elementary School’s playground, which did an estimated $100,000 in damage.
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