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UPDATE: Authorities say fire at Lewis Lemon Elementary playground is arson

UPDATE: The Rockford Fire Department now says someone set a playground on fire on purpose at Lewis Lemon Elementary School.

The fire department says rubber mulch and equipment on the playground was burning when crews arrived around 6:20 p.m. The fire was encroaching on the school building and caused some windows to crack. Authorities are still investigating.

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Rockford Fire Department is on the scene of a fire at Lewis Lemon Elementary School, saying it is "suspicious."

The fire broke out on Monday evening. RFD says neighbors saw flames coming from the playground. When crews arrived on the scene, they also noticed the north end of the building was filled with smoke.

Crews evacuated the building. There were no injuries. However, there is smoke damage inside the building and insulation was charred. Playground equipment was also damaged.

Officials are calling the fire suspicious.

13 WREX is on the scene and will provide you with more information as it becomes available.

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