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James Monroe Elementary School fire sparked by improperly discarded single cigarette

Investigators looking into the blaze that destroyed an

Investigators looking into the blaze that destroyed an Edison elementary school have concluded that it began with a single cigarette discarded by a facilities manager. (March 25, 2014 5:35 PM)

Investigators looking into the blaze that destroyed an Edison elementary school have concluded that it began with a single cigarette discarded by a facilities manager.

Jerome Higgins, who was working at James Monroe Elementary School that night, has said that he first wrapped the cigarette in a paper towel and ran it under the faucet before tossing it in the trash. Officials say that wasn't...

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