UPDATE: 14-year-old boy suspected of causing more than $15,000 of damage at Park Place Elementary School

Oregon City police are investigating the intentional burning of a play structure on Monday, Aug. 13, at Park Place Elementary School, 16075 Front Ave.

Later that day, authorities identified a 14-year-old boy as the suspect. He was taken into custody and lodged on one count of second-degree arson and one count of first-degree criminal mischief. Both are felonies.

Police added that they believe the 14-year-old acted alone.

PHOTO COURTESY: OCPD - Damage is estimated at more than $15,000 after the fire on the play structure at Park Place Elementary School.The fire bears similarity to the April 2017 arson case at the 18.5-acre park at 16180 Front Ave. That blaze may have been related to two similar fires that occurred in March 2017 in a nearby new housing development on Samson Place. Portable outhouses for the construction workers building houses in the development were reported to be on fire at about 1:50 a.m. March 13 and at 5:43 a.m. March 14.

About 2 a.m. Clackamas Fire District firefighters arrived at Park Place Elementary and were able to quickly extinguish the fire. An investigation has revealed the fire was intentionally set and is being considered an arson that caused over $15,000 worth of damage.

Oregon City School District officials closed Park Place Elementary in 2010, and the building is now being leased from the district by the Alliance Charter Academy.

Anyone who has information is asked to call OCPD at 503-496-1616 or Clackamas Fire at 503-742-2660.

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