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Four teens arrested in suspected playground arson

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. — Four male teens were arrested Thursday in connection with a June 18 fire at an Erie elementary school, police reported.

The fire, which is thought to have been deliberately set in the early morning hours of June 18, did some $50,000 worth of damage to the playground area of Black Rock Elementary School, St. Vrain Valley School District said.

The subsequent investigation led police to the four suspects. One was identified as Santino Maryland, 18.

The other three were described as males ages 17, 17 and 16. They were not identified because they are minors.

The juveniles were transported to a juvenile detention facility and the adult was taken to county jail.  All suspects live in Erie and face charges of second degree arson, police said.