Playground repair estimated at $95K following suspected arson

A case of suspected arson on an Albuquerque Public School playground could cost close to $100,000 to fix.

APS officials estimate about 70 percent of the playground at Chaparral Elementary on the west side will have to be replaced following the fire late Friday night.

They say even parts of the structure that did not burn have to be torn out because they were compromised by the heat.

It is expected to take at least five to six weeks before the playground is back in service. 

“They’re going to be devastated because the lack of using the playground and this is one that gets used a lot, this is a big deal for them,” said John Dufay of APS.

The cost of the project comes out of the APS budget.

Investigators are working to figure out who might have set the fire. 

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