Arson fires burnt playgrounds at schools and an auto repair shop

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An auto repair shop was set ablaze Wednesday in Brooklyn Park, according to the Star Tribune. The fire was the third reported since the fires burning playgrounds in north Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park last weekend, the Star Tribune said.

The Minneapolis Fire Department responded Tuesday to CBS Local the playground fires were believed to be arson. The Police Department ruled arson the playground blaze, as well as the fire in the auto repair shop Wednesday, the Star Tribune said.

The playground of the former Jordan Park Elementary School in north Minneapolis was burnt Saturday, according to the Star Tribune. Damage was estimated to be at least $60,000, CBS Local said. No injuries were reported.

Another fire burnt down the playground at Park Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn Park Sunday, the Brooklyn Fire Department told CBS Local.

A juvenile suspect at the Park Brook Elementary School's fire was arrested Monday, the Star Tribune said. He was then released.

Brooklyn Park authorities and the Minneapolis Fire Department were investigating any relations between the two playground fires, CBS Local said. But authorities believed the fire in the auto repair shop was set by another party, according to the Star Tribune.

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