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Community leaders ask residents to help with investigation of park fires

After a string of suspicious fires in and around Arthur Sear’s park community leaders are asking the community to report anything that might help the Abilene Police Department determine who caused the damage.

The most recent fire occurred on January 13th. The Abilene Fire Department responded to the early morning fire and continues to investigate the cause, estimating that replacement will cost more than $150,000. Samuel Garcia, President of the Hispanic Leadership Council, says that Sear’s park is important to the community and, whoever has caused damage, has hurt them in more ways than one, “So, when somebody burns, as you can see burns the playground and causes thousands and thousands of dollars worth of damages, it’s not just property that they’re damaging, they’re hurting the families of Abilene.”

The Abilene police department and Hispanic Leadership Council are asking anyone who may have information about the recent fires to send in an anonymous tip to APD at (325) 673-8331