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Mother’s Day fire at St. Paul’s unexplained

May 17, 2011

Photo by Angel Perkins The fire damaged a large section of the playground equipment and set aflame the rubber mulch that provides protection to the children.

The cause of the fire that started Mother’s Day evening at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School’s playground is still unknown, but authorities are steadily looking for more information. Bremen Police and Fire Departments were called to the scene at 8:25 p.m. May 8 and quickly got to the business of putting out the flames. Bremen Police Chief Matt Hassel said it was not believed that any type of accelerant had been used.
James Russell, principal and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher at the school said he was notified of the fire by congregation members. He said he had “no idea why anyone would do such a thing.” “It just saddened a lot of parents, the congregation and community who raised the money for it,” he explained. “Unfortunately, I can’t believe this was an accident.” In a formal statement he continued, “Besides our own students, neighborhood children and their families also use this playground. We will continue to pray for the people involved in this incident. We are very thankful for the swift response and help of both the Bremen Fire Department and the Bremen Police Department.”
The playground equipment was said to have been put up a little more than a year ago.
“I can’t say if it was a criminal act or not,” Chief Hassel explained, “and we haven’t found any witnesses. But we are still investigating.” Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Bremen Crime Stoppers at 574-546-5555.

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