FERGUSON, Mo. – A memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown who was killed by a Ferguson police officer last month burned down Tuesday morning.
Capt. Jeremy Corcoran with the Ferguson Police Department says the fire started on Canfield Drive around 6:45 a.m. He says when firefighters arrived they found a small area where items had been gathered for a memorial had been burned.
Two portable water extinguishers were used to put the fire out.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but there is evidence candles were used within the memorial.
Photos of the damage:
Chief Jackson released the following statement about the fire:
"We're all saddened by the fire that was reported at one of the Michael Brown Memorials this morning and are trying to obtain as much information as possible to determine what happened. At this time the cause is unknown.
"To anyone who believes we didn't do everything in our power to put this fire out I want to apologize and let you know that was not the case. Some of our police cars are equipped with an emergency kit that includes a fire extinguisher and Sgt. (Harry) Dilworth was first on the scene and attempted to put the fire out but couldn't so he alerted the Fire Department and they ultimately put out the fire.
"Anyone who has any information or videos please reach out to us as this will help as we investigate this incident."