A memorial for Michael Brown, the African-American teenager who was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson this summer in Ferguson, Mo., setting off weeks violent clashes between protestors and law enforcement officials, caught fire on Tuesday morning.
The memorial was set up mere feet from where Brown was killed. The blaze, which broke out just before 7am, was documented by KMOV reporter Laura Hettiger on Twitter.
While there have been some initial cries of arson, the memorial reportedly included numerous candles and teddy bears, so the blaze likely could have been accidental. The fire itself was small enough for fire fighters to control it with fire extinguishers rather than a fire hose.
This incident isn't the first time that a physical memorial to Brown has been damaged. Only hours after Brown's death, neighbors, family members and a local politician created a makeshift memorial out of flowers and tea lights. That same night, a police officer allowed a police dog to urinate on the tribute. Another law enforcement official then destroyed it by driving over the the memorial with a police cruiser.
The burning of Brown's memorial does not appear to have extiguished Ferguson's spirit. Only hours after the memorial burned on Tuesday morning, members of the community have already begun to construct a new one: