PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) — A Providence youth sports league told 12 News their season could now be in jeopardy after one of their buses caught fire on Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the West End Community Center around 1.30pm to report a bus on fire.
The bus is owned by the West End Intruders, a community sports organization for children aged 5-14.
West End Intruders vice-president Melissa Stephens told 12 News that four children had intentionally started the fire, adding that three of them had already been arrested by police.
12 News has contacted the Providence Police Department to confirm the arrests, but has not yet received a response.
Stephens said the newly purchased buses are used to transport and store equipment for the organization’s football team.
The fire destroyed almost all of the organization’s equipment, including 70 helmets, 60 shoulder pads, four sets of jerseys and more than 70 pairs of pants.
“We don’t know if we can even have a season this year,” Stephens said. “It’s a complete setback for our organization, which has been operating for over 50 years.”
Stephens said the organization is asking for cash and equipment donations to help them continue the season.