Authorities suspect arson in playground fire at Watertown-Mayer Elementary

A fire broke out on the playground at Watertown-Mayer Elementary School late Sunday night.

Arson is suspected after at fire destroyed part of the Watertown-Mayer Elementary School playground late Sunday night, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office.

Watertown Fire Chief Ryan Schroeder says a passerby and resident reported the fire to authorities around 10 p.m.

Firefighters put out the fire in about 30 minutes. The fire destroyed a section of the playground equipment and a piece of the rubber matting in the area.

According to the Watertown-Mayer School District, the fire caused an estimated $15,000 - $20,000 worth of damage. District officials say investigators are looking over surveillance video.

The case remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal.

Anyone with any information about the fire is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff's Office at (952) 361-1231.