Twisted, melted plastic rest where a playground once stood as authorities investigate what may have been an act of arson in Chula Vista.
The Chula Vista Fire Department said it received a call of the first just before 5 a.m. at Veterans Park on Palomar Street Saturday. Crews initially upgraded the blaze to a full first alarm, but later canceled help from additional units and extinguished the fire with one engine.
"I heard a loud explosion and I got up and looked out my window because I just live a block down," said Miguel Varela, a resident. "I started seeing the smoke and the flames coming up really high. It was about three or four in the morning, it was really loud at first I thought it was a car crash."
No injuries were reported in connection to the fire, according to CVFD. The playground equipment, which endured heavy damage, is property of the city of Chula Vista.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the fire, which was deemed suspicious.