Homestead preschool playground targeted in arson assault, owner says – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – The owner of a South Florida preschool says his campus was the goal of an arson assault, as a jungle fitness center went up in smoke.

Campbell Academy opened in February, and now the owner needs to know who began the fireplace.

“We tried to explain that you know accidents sometimes happen,” mentioned preschool owner Jorge Lopez.

There’s solely a lot you may clarify to a baby for them to know why their faculty playground is gone.

But in the darkness of the morning, to adults, the actual story reveals itself on safety digicam.

“Definitely the business looks like it was targeted by someone, somehow. I don’t have no idea why something like this (would happen) to a children’s playground,” Lopez mentioned.

You see an individual strolling round Campbell Academy in Homestead someday earlier than 5 a.m. on Monday.

Minutes later, a fireplace begins.

At one level, he runs towards the constructing, carrying a container.

“It’s devastating when you just see the kids’ faces, the children’s faces in the morning — most of them crying because they don’t have a playground anymore,” Lopez mentioned.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is investigating the fireplace.

The owner of the preschool is a really personal individual, which is why he didn’t need to present his face on digicam, however he needed you to know what occurred at his faculty.

This is what the playground appeared like earlier than. Now, all that’s left of it are items of burnt wooden.

“When you put your heart and soul into this, you know, this is our second school, and everything I do is for the families and the kids,” Lopez mentioned.

Now he’s asking for extra assist so that you can name authorities when you have any details about this hearth.

“He targeted the school. He targeted the playground, and he needs to be caught,” Lopez mentioned.

The owner of Campbell Academy mentioned it’s going to price properly over $100,000 to rebuild the playground. Even with that price, he nonetheless needs to supply a $10,000 reward for any info that results in an arrest.

If you’ve any info on this crime, name Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you may at all times stay nameless, and it’s possible you’ll be eligible for a reward of as much as $10,000.

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