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School playground in Fort Pierce goes up in flames

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 11, 2019

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — St. Lucie County firefighters say children playing with fireworks might be the reason a playground at a Fort Pierce school was torched by fire Wednesday.

The flames badly damaged the playground at Chester A. Moore Elementary School and caused minor damage to a school building.

A witness said they saw children running from the playground when the fire started.

"I was shocked. I was just making sure the school was still good because my kids still go there. You just got to pay your kids some attention and make sure you watch your kids at all times, and make sure they're not hurting themselves because someone could have got hurt," mother Karlissa Bass.

No one was hurt by the fire.

It's unclear how much it might cost the school to repair the playground.

The St. Lucie County Fire District said the cause is under investigation.