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West Baltimore school's playground destroyed in arson fire one day after receiving more federal resources for students

West Baltimore school's playground destroyed in arson fire one day after receiving more federal resources for students

Just days after federal officials announced funding to boost up mental health resources for students at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, someone burned down their playground.

Fire crews responded to the West Baltimore school around 5 p.m. Saturday, where they found the school's playground engulfed in flames and heavy black smoke, according to a fire department spokesman Sam Johnson.

Officials said smoke was visible from at least three blocks away from the school's Payson Street location – where federal and local leaders gathered Friday to celebrate a $2.375 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Among those who attended were Maryland lawmakers...

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