Thank You for Thanking Us: Kids from the Sumner Elementary School Thank Boston's First Responders for the Arrests in the Fire that Destroyed their Playground

Less than a week after investigators from the BPD and BFD announced three arrests in the arson-related fire that destroyed the Charles Sumner Elementary School playground in Roslindale, today, the school’s student body and faculty invited Police Commissioner William Evans and Fire Chief Joe Finn back to the school to thank them for all the hard work leading up to last week’s arrests. Said Commissioner Evans to the kids: “I’m sorry about the damage done to your playground. It’s sad that it happened but the good news is that people in this community care so much about you guys that we’re going to build you a playground that’s bigger and better than the last one.” On May 23, 2016, officers from District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to the original call for a fire in the rear of 15 Basile Street. On arrival, officers observed a large portion of the playground to be on fire. Boston Fire responded and extinguished the flames but the damage, estimated at over $10,000, had already been done.