WOODBRIDGE –The Woodbridge Township Police Department is actively investigating a suspected arson fire that destroyed more than $25,000 in newly installed playground equipment at the 5th District Park & Playground located in the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township.
According to Police Chief William Trenery, the suspected arson fire was reported to the Woodbridge Township Police Department 9-1-1 Dispatch Operations Center and the Avenel Fire Department at 9:56 p.m. on Monday, April 13. The initial report was made by a neighborhood resident who spotted the fire. The Avenel Fire Department responded to the scene within minutes of the report. Upon arrival, Avenel Fire officials reported the playground equipment was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was under control by 10:15 p.m.