Playground catches fire at Erie elementary school

Before and after pictures of a fire at a Black Rock Elementary School playground in Erie on June 18, 2014. (Photo: Town of Erie)

Before and after pictures of a fire at a Black Rock Elementary School playground in Erie on June 18, 2014. (Photo: Town of Erie)

ERIE, Colo. — Firefighters responded to a fire at a playground on the grounds of an elementary school in the town of Erie early Wednesday.

At about 4:53 a.m. a number of Erie residents that live in the Vista Ridge community called 911 to report a fire at a Black Rock Elementary School playground, according to a release on the town’s website.

Firefighters arrived at the school, located at 2000 Mountain View Blvd., to find the playground engulfed in 50-foot high flames, town officials said. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the blaze.

Officials reported approximately $50,000 in damages as a result of the fire.

The Erie Police Department, Mountain View Fire Rescue, Lafayette Fire, Colorado Bureau of Investigations and St. Vrain Valley School District are working in conjunction on the investigation, town officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Erie Police at 303-926-2835. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 1-877-89ARSON (7766). Callers may be eligible for a cash reward.