Student pleads guilty to starting dorm fire at university in New Jersey

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A former student accused of starting a fire in a dorm at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken last year has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

According to Hudson County prosecutors, 18-year-old Thomas Apostolico, of Toms River, entered his plea Thursday and agreed to pay $7,665.50 in restitution for damages the blaze caused at the university.

The plea was made public Monday.

No students were injured in the Nov. 26 fire, which occurred in the basement of Humphrey Hall, a freshman dorm on the school's campus.

The heavy smoke conditions it caused forced authorities to evacuate the dorm's 150 residents.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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