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Sarasota playground destroyed by fire, investigators believe arson is to blame

Posted at 2:22 PM, Feb 26, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. — Investigators believe someone intentionally set a Sarasota playground on fire overnight, destroying the structure.

Investigators are treating the fire at Pioneer Park near downtown Sarasota as arson.

"Just imagine all the kids in the area who can’t play in the park anymore, because of stupidity,” said neighbor Billjo Zobrist.

Investigators said the fire happened at the park around 9 p.m. on Monday. Detectives were seen combing the park today looking for clues.

"It hurts the neighborhood a lot, because people walk their dog people don’t have anywhere else to take their kids to play,” said Zobrist.

On Friday, Sarasota Police released video of three individuals seen in the area of the playground moments before the fire.

Anyone with information on the fire is encouraged to contact the Sarasota Police Department 941-366-8000 or Detective Morningstar at 941-364-7338.

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