Rockford Fire investigates possible connection between playground fires

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR)--- The flames took hold of the playground at McIntosh Elementary School on Monday. The fire left behind a total loss and a vacancy in the community.

The west side of Rockford just witnessed a previous fire on June 18 at West View Elementary School. Rockford Fire says it's too early in the investigations to determine if there is any connection between the two.

"It provides long-lasting memories for the children. They will remember their summers that they played on the playgrounds with their friends and by doing this destruction you're taking that time away from the children," says Chris Tumeo, investigator with the Rockford Fire department.