CHULA VISTA, Calif. — An arson investigation is underway as authorities search for the cause of a fire that scorched a playground at a Chula Vista park.
Neighbors told FOX 5 they heard an explosion as firefighters were called to Veterans Park on Palomar Street overnight.
“It was scary and it was loud,” local mom Danielle Anderson said. “Once people hear it’s a playground, it’s shocking.”
Investigators searched through melted plastic and charred metal after flames tore through most of the playground equipment. Authorities said they are investigating several recent cases of arson but they’re not sure if this fire is connected.
“My kids grew up on this playground. And we spend a lot of time here at the field so it’s sad to know that happened so close,” Anderson said. “If it was intentional, that’s very scary.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Chula Vista Fire Department.