Boys, ages 12 and 15, set Hartford playground on fire, police say

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This is the playscape at Cronin Park in Hartford in the wintertime, before it was destroyed by boys who set it on fire Tuesday, police say.

This is the playscape at Cronin Park in Hartford in the wintertime, before it was destroyed by boys who set it on fire Tuesday, police say.

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HARTFORD — Police said they arrested two juveniles who they suspect intentionally set a playscape on fire Tuesday, destroying it.

A 15-year-old and a 12-year-old were charged with reckless burning, risk of injury and reckless endangerment, Lt. Aaron Boisvert said Wednesday.

The boys rolled a large truck tire under the playscape at lunchtime Tuesday and set it on fire, Boisvert said.

“The fire caused extensive damage and ultimately rendered the playscape unusable,” he said.

Each boy was referred to juvenile authorities and released to the custody of a parent.

Firefighters responded to the playground at Joseph V. Cronin Park, 423 Granby St., about 12:10 p.m. Tuesday.

The playscape, which is next to a splash pad, is in the city’s Blue Hills neighborhood near the Bloomfield line.

Anyone with any information about the case can call the Hartford Police Department tip line at 860-722-8477 (TIPS).