Minneapolis school playground set on fire, officials investigating

Photo credit Hmong International Academy

A Minneapolis school is cleaning up after an act of arson significantly damaged the playground early Friday morning.

According to Hmong International School Principal Jamil Payton, Minneapolis firefighters discovered and extinguished the fire, which destroyed the school playground and damaged windows surrounding the playground.

"We are grateful for their close eye and support. The Minneapolis Police Department and MPS safety and security staff, in turn, are working to identify who did this," Payton wrote.

School staff are working to clean up the area and make it safe for returning students. New equipment is being ordered and will likely be ready for use near the end of September or early October.

If you have any information, contact the Minneapolis Fire Department at 612-673-2549 or contact Minneapolis police.