SOMERVILLE — A mulch fire damaged part of a playground on Friday afternoon.

The flames engulfed the ladders and an open cage on a piece of climbing equipment at  John Long Memorial Park, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News video.

Residents told the TV station that only maintenance workers were at the park near Mercer and Green streets at the time of the fire.

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Somerville police told the fire does not appear to be suspicious and was likely the result of a mulch fire.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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