- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

EDISON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Approximately 500 students in central New Jersey return to class after a fire destroyed their school building.

Nearby Middlesex County College is offering classrooms to teachers and students of the James Monroe Elementary School in Edison, starting Wednesday.

Police say a custodian tossed an unfinished cigarette into a trash can in the janitor’s office Saturday evening, sparking the blaze that gutted the 50-year-old school.

Jerome Higgins has been issued a summons accusing him of smoking in a public building, which is a disorderly persons offense. He’s been placed on administrative leave.

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