Just four years ago, thousands of man hours and more than $200,000 were proved well spent the Island Park Playground in Winfield opened...
At just before 5pm Monday afternoon, all the work that went into the town's crown jewel literally went up in smoke.
Witnesses say the fire started small, but it spread fast, fueled by the rubber mulch serving as the playground's turf.
On Tuesday, concerned residents from Winfield and beyond were surprised to see the flames still burning. For many, the loss of the park is difficult to accept.
Fire fighters had no choice but to wait for the fire to burn itself out. A joint investigation is underway. Police say several witnesses have been interviewed but no arrests have been made.
A $5,000 reward is on the table for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.