Re: Jefferson Elementary

11/07/07 - posted by Paul Rosenberg

The fire was on May 31, 1959. Twelve year old Magid Bateh set the fire because, as he told the police, he wanted to destroy a paper on which he had misspelled the word 'ran' in a test. The $300,000 fire destroyed the classrooms but left the auditorium intact. The building remained a wreck until it was demolished at the end of January, 1960.

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