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Police not to blame for Michael Brown memorial fire, Highway Patrol says

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A Michael Brown memorial on Canfield Drive was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning. By Stephanie Baumer A Michael Brown memorial on Canfield Drive was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning. By Stephanie Baumer

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – There’s been much speculation about how a fire that burned a memorial for Michael Brown started.

That memorial, which had  teddy bears, posters and flowers, all burned on the curb leading to Canfield Green Apartments Tuesday morning.

Many protesters have speculated the fire was set by officers, but Captain Ron Johnson addressed that rumor. He says there is video of neighbors watching it burn instead of trying to put it out.
 
“It started out rather small. Someone could have gone into their home, got a cup of water and poured it on it. But instead they stood there for eleven minutes watching it burn until police got there, ran door-to-door saying police started this fire,” said Captain Johnson. “I am not going to believe with all the integrity that I have that police officers went and burned that shrine."
 
Johnson says the fire department is investigating the cause.  
 
News 4 crews saw several candles placed around the memorial, which some have speculated may have started the fire.

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