Arsonist tries to burn down playground

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File photo of Fayette County firetruck.
File photo of Fayette County firetruck.

Public safety staff responded to a different kind of fire during the nighttime hours Jan. 4 when a fire was reported in the playground area of The Chimneys subdivision on Ga. Highway 74 South.

Sheriff Barry Babb said a call was received just after midnight about a fire in the subdivision’s playground area. He said deputies and firefighters arrived to find a wooden playground structure partially on fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished, said Babb, adding that the door to a nearby storage area was also found to be damaged.

Babb said the incident is being viewed as arson, with the Fayette County Fire Marshal handling the investigation.