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Mount Joy residents hope destroyed playground is rebuilt

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MOUNT JOY, Pa. (WHTM) -

Several days after a fire ripped through a section of Kids Joyland, a wooden playground in Mount Joy, people were still checking out the damage.

"It's surprising ... I have been coming here for seven years, so it surprised me that this happened," neighbor Michael Zook said.

The area around the playground has been roped off and "no trespassing" signs have been posted.

Zook's eight-year-old son Alex already misses it.

"They had the swings, I mostly liked that," Alex Zook said.

The fire happened around 9:45 Friday night at the playground at the Mount Joy Borough Park on Barbara Street.

Several neighbors said they heard an explosion, which shook their houses. Officials said the explosion was caused by some sort of accelerant under the wooden walkways of the park.

The next morning, the fire was ruled arson. Police said two teens believed to be involved are in the hospital with severe burns.

Eighteen-year-old Angelo Zeno is in critical condition and a 17-year-old Maytown boy is in stable condition.

Police said they are still investigating the teens' roles in the explosion and blaze.

Many people have been coming by to see the park and at Monday night's borough council meeting, one man said that he wants to do his part and help rebuild the playground. It sounded like the council was listening.

"We are really at the infant stage determining how we are going to collect money and gather some resources, which is to replace what is lost to the community," Council President Chris Metzler said.

Investigators said the playground is a total loss. The borough is waiting to hear from its insurance company.

Police said they have several pieces of evidence, including accelerant cans.

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