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Rocklin Police Investigating Playground Fire, Suspect Arson

ROCKLIN -- Fire officials and the police department responded to a fire at a Rocklin playground Saturday night, where they found a slide and set of stairs completely melted because of apparent arson.

Officials responded to Margaret Azevedo Park around 10:38 p.m., where witnesses told police they saw a suspect running away from the scene toward William Jessup University shortly after the fire.

This prompted police to set up a perimeter from West Stanford Ranch Road to the university in search of the possible suspect.

According to Rocklin authorities, a police K9 and a CHP plane were used in the effort to find the suspect, though no one was ever found.

Brother and sister, Nico and Gigi Simione, said they were sad they couldn't use this part of the play structure at the park.

"People liked to climb up those steps and go down the slides and someone just burned it off," Gigi said.

"Me and my sister, now we can't play on here now. So it affects other people too," Nico said.

Although Nico and Gigi weren't able to play on part of the structure Sunday, they were grateful the strong winds didn't fuel the flames and cause more destruction.

"We're very lucky it wasn't today because this could have hurt a lot of people, innocent people," Nico said.

Rocklin police are investigating the incident as arson and encourage those with information on the fire to come forward by calling 916-625-5400.