Arson investigation at Fairfax County elementary school

FAIRFAX, VA - The Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving an arson fire that destroyed a portion of the playground at Lees Corner Elementary School in Fairfax, Va.

The fire happened around 10:30 P.M. on October 2 and officials said they are asking for information now as they have not been able to find the person or people responsible.

"It was called in by some neighbors of the school that saw the flames, saw the glow, but didn’t see anyone around,” said Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office Lt. Richard Gundert. “It’s a rather large playground, about 25-percent involved as far as the fire goes, with a loss of about $16- to $20,000 roughly."

"It’s just a shame, like this can happen," said Frank Stout, who said he has lived in the neighborhood next to the school for decades. He added the playground had only been upgraded in the last few years. "They just put in a lot of money and effort to getting it up to standards. I have grandkids now that come here and play after school, my daughter went here from second grade on, so it’s quite personal when something like this happens."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-246-4386.