There are some crimes people shouldn’t commit in North Little Rock and near the top of the list is trying to burn the Burns Park rocket slide. The slide brings back memory of every city resident, who raised their children in North Little Rock and brought them to play there.
"We are looking for the perpetrators," said Mayor Joe Smith.
Smith said the city is bringing a contractor to the site to see if it needs to be rebuilt or if it can be repaired.
"I believe it can be repaired," Smith said.
Smith said many city officials are trying to date the time when the slide was built in North Little Rock.
"I would say most everybody who raised their children in North Little Rock in the last 30 years had their kids here at some point," Smith said.
Nathan Hamilton, the city’s director of communications, added, "The investigation is still open."
Hamilton said city officials are still not sure of the estimated damage.
"We will repair or replace it, whatever is needed," Hamilton said.
According to the incident report compiled by the North Little Rock Fire Department, Engine 8 arrived on Saturday at 12:51 a.m.
Firefighters arrived at the scene and found the gate open.
Engine 8 arrived to find the rocket portion and metal slide on fire.
"Two slides were burning and the landing on the top level," according to the fire report.
Firefighters used a booster line to extinguish the fire.
"One of the slides burned through its supports and fell to the ground," states the report. "The other had a couple of holes burnt through it."
Upon investigation, firefighters found an empty box of matches and several matches on the lower portion of the slide.
North Little Rock police arrived at the scene and took possession of the match box.
"There are no natural sources of ignition so the fire is classified as suspicious," states the report.
The report places the estimated damage at $10,000.
Lt. Gary Williams of the North Little Rock City Fire Department said the fire could have been a lot worse because of the amount of woods in the area.
"This could have been a disaster," Williams said.
Police arrested Curry Jerry Smith and Jordan Parker on Tuesday and they were both charged with felony criminal mischief.
Both are 18 and from North Little Rock.