CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - As the investigation into a suspicious fire at a park off of Corrigan's Martin Luther King Jr. Drive continues, the city has upped its share of the reward to $3,000.
Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson said with the extra money the city has added to the reward for any information about the March 3 fire, the total reward amount is now at $5,000. That amount also includes $1,000 rewards each from the State Fire Marshal's Office and Polk County Crime Stoppers.
Authorities in Corrigan are still waiting on a sample to come back from the State Fire Marshal's Office, Gibson said.
A previous East Texas News story stated that officials believe arson was the cause of the suspicious fire, which destroyed most of the playground equipment at Central Park. Gibson said a woman who lives near the park told them that the playground was fine when she left for work at 5:40 a.m. on the morning of March 3.
Gibson said the first 911 call about the fire came in about five minutes after that.
In addition to the Corrigan Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Texas Rangers and the FBI also assisted with the early part of the investigation.
Corrigan Mayor Pro-tem Johnna Gibson said in a previous story that the city council voted to build the park near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Fifth Street about a year ago because a study showed that most of the town's kids lived on the west side of town.
"It's sad," Johnna Gibson said. "This is a safe place for the kids. Why would they do that?"
Residents in the area say they don't care about the reasoning behind the burning, they are just upset about the loss of the park.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Corrigan Police Department at (936) 398-2551.