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CCFR: $20K in damages to Adair-Kennedy field after arson

Posted: June 20, 2012 - 4:15pm  |  Updated: June 21, 2012 - 12:05am

Fire investigators on Wednesday put a dollar amount on the damages caused by a suspicious fire at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park Tuesday morning.

Capital City Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal Dan Jager told the Empire the arson caused about $20,000 in damages.

Twelve thousand of that was to a John Deere tractor and the aluminum trailer it was pulling, and $8,000 worth was to the materials inside the trailer.

The equipment and materials were being used by a synthetic turf company called Shaw Sportexe, which is re-doing the turf on the Adair-Kennedy field in time for the upcoming high school football season.

Contractors said the materials, which had melted into a big lump, ended up being a special adhesive glue and seam tape that would have been used to glue pieces of turf together, Jager said.

The arson has effectively halted the $1 million turf field replacement project as the company now has to replace those specialized materials and ship them up to Alaska, Jager said.

The fire was discovered in the dirt area next to the bleachers away from the turf-stripped field at 3:40 a.m Tuesday. It was quickly put out by fire fighters, CCFR Chief Richard Etheridge said earlier.

The police investigation is still ongoing.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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