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Crews Battle Arson Fires at Plainfield Central, Village Green

Fires set in garbage cans, dumpster on Thursday night.

A firefighter extinguishes a trash can fire at Plainfield's Village Green. Credit: Plainfield Fire Protection District
A firefighter extinguishes a trash can fire at Plainfield's Village Green. Credit: Plainfield Fire Protection District
Several youths were reportedly apprehended after allegedly starting fires at Plainfield Central and Village Green Park Thursday night.

Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief John Stratton said firefighters responded to a report of two garbage cans on fire at around 8:42 p.m. at the Village Green in downtown Plainfield.

Six minutes later, another fire was reported in a dumpster outside Plainfield Central High School, 24120 Fort Beggs Drive, he said.

Stratton said police had four youths in custody shortly after the fires, thanks in part to descriptions from witnesses who allegedly saw the culprits fleeing from the scene of the fire at Village Green and heading for the high school.

"They gave us a pretty good description of the people that did it," Stratton said.

Plainfield Park District Director of Communications Doug Booth said that fortunately, nothing was damaged at Village Green aside from the decorate garbage cans, which he said cost an estimated $500 to $600 apiece.

Stratton said the damage could have been much worse, given the cans' proximity to the wooden pavilion at the Village Green.

"If somebody wouldn't have noticed it, that pavilion would have gone up, no doubt about it," he said.

Plainfield police on Friday confirmed they did make several arrests in the case and expect to release additional information Friday afternoon.

"We had kids playing with some matches ,throwing matches into garbage cans," Sgt. Mike Fisher said. He said four juveniles, all boys, were taken into custody following the incidents.

Check back with Patch for updates.

Ed Arter July 11, 2014 at 04:11 PM
What?? The communication Director actually stayed awake long enough to snore a comment---Well worth his pay!!
Jennifer Milkeris July 11, 2014 at 05:06 PM
I think these boys should be sentence to community service in a burn unit AND pay for the damage. Spending a few weeks with people who have been burned may have them think twice before lighting something else on fire.
Vicky Polito July 11, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Very glad no one was hurt. And, Brian Watson, why don't you set a dumpster on fire in your driveway one night and then treat yourself to the easy and fund job that you imply putting it out safely is? Wait, it'd be more fun and no doubt easier for you if you let a friend do it as a surprise of when and where, let them set that fire as part of a series of them that you need to get to, and go to fight the fires not knowing if more are coming or if anyone is either in danger at each location or if someone is just looking to put YOU in danger. How about that? Then come back and tell us how much help and how many tools you need to get that done, 'kay?
oldschool July 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM
We need year round school, no time for this jackassary if they have to get up and go to school.

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