NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – A fire that destroyed a New Jersey elementary school was caused by a custodian who tossed his unfinished lit cigarette inside inside a trash can, authorities said.
Authorities said Jerome C. Higgins, 48, of East Brunswick, was charged with a petty disorderly persons offense for lighting up inside James Monroe Elementary School in Edison, according to Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas J. Bryan of the Edison Police Department.
Higgins was issued the summons for breaking a statute that bans “smoking and/or carrying lighted tobacco materials.”
I’m sorry I just can’t believe this, my heart goes to the children,” Higgins said. “As long as nobody was hurt, that’s God’s grace.”