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Boys charged with setting Glendale playground on fire

August 26, 2010 |  4:28 pm

Two teenage boys were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of setting a refurbished playground at Glorietta Park on fire, officials said.

The fire destroyed the playground, causing $50,000 to $70,000 in damage, officials said. The playground set had been refurbished about nine to 10 months ago.

City crews on Thursday morning tore down the structure and replaced it with wood chips.

"I am sad and really angry at these kids," said George Chapjian, director of the Community Services and Parks Department.

The boys, ages 13 and 14, were arrested early Thursday, and each face two felony counts of arson, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The boys reportedly stacked a pile of wood chips near the playground set and used a lighter to set it on fire, he said. The boys believed they stomped out the fire and walked over to a second playground set, where they.

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-- Veronica Rocha