Fire fighters responded to a West Lubbock blaze just after two o'clock at the Legacy Play Village just in time to save the community-built playground.
"The thing that's great about it is the park itself, the children's, the community's park is safe," says Craig Finlayson, President of Legacy Play Village. But early Thursday morning that wasn't the case. the playground that was built by 10,000 members of the Lubbock community was in danger of burning. "It was tragic, totally an accident," explains Craig.
He says the fire was caused by stain and oily rags that were possibly ignited by an electrical short in the building referred to as the barn that housed the restrooms, office, concession stand and tool room. The damage is estimated to be worth as much as $60,000.
"Our insurance coverage is mainly for the large impact to the park so it doesn't cover something that's small scale," says Craig. That means organizers will depend on the community to come to the rescue to help rebuild the facility.
"This is a small loss that is tremendous because that's a community park and those that know the park know this is used by tens of thousands of kids every year so we dodged the bullet," he adds.
If you'd like to donate some time or money you can call Craig at (806) 786-2885. The Play Village will be open Friday from nine in the morning until dusk. If you have you have reserved a space for an event, you can still have it there. Portable restrooms are on site.