UPDATE: Tomah waiting for damage estimate on playground fire

TOMAH, Wis. — A popular Tomah playground damaged by fire may not be a total loss, city officials said Thursday.

The fire damaged the structure at Winnebago Park Monday afternoon. A 15-year-old boy was referred to Monroe County Human Services for allegedly starting the fire.

Mayor John Rusch says tells News 8 the city’s insurance company is not calling the playground a total loss after looking at pictures of the fire were sent to them.

Rusch says the Tomah parks and recreation director is waiting on a cost estimate for the damage. Rusch says the playground was insured for $127,000.

The playground was built by volunteers in 1998, and was a popular year-round attraction for kids and families, Rusch says.

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TOMAH, Wis. — A fire at a Tomah park left behind substantial damage to playground equipment and police say a teenage boy is the suspect.

Crews responded to the fire at Winnebago Park in Tomah around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.  Firefighters were able to put out the fire, but it caused a lot of damage to playground equipment.

Several leads led police to a 15 year old boy.  He is being referred to the Monroe County Human Services for the charge of Negligent Handling of Burning Materials.