RCMP say four youths ages eight to 12 were caught this month in Salmo starting a fire with gas at a gazebo in KP Park.
The fire was quickly put out by a village crew working in the park at the time, and the youths were located within minutes by police.
Two were detained, but all were returned to their parents.
Cpl. Barry Graham says damage was minimal to the gazebo’s cement floor, but “potential for disaster with the fire spreading to the structure and trees in the park was great.”
The gas the kids used was stolen from a vehicle near the park.
Graham says police are continuing their investigation and will be dealing with the youth involved.