Arson fire damages school's playground equipment

Arson is suspected in a fire early this morning at an elementary school near Chowchilla, which caused about $30,000 damage to playground equipment.

The equipment was on fire when Madera County firefighters responded to the blaze at Fairmead Elementary School about 1 a.m. Lights mounted outside two classrooms also were destroyed.

The Madera County Fire Department have no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information about the arson is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at (559) 675-7770 or (800) 560-4911. Callers can also phone in anonymous tips to CrimeStoppers at 498-7867.