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(NEWSER) – Tensions in Ferguson may have been muted for the past few weeks, but they haven't dissipated. One of two memorials for Michael Brown near the spot where he was killed went up in flames yesterday—and some residents think the fire was intentionally set, especially given reports of a gasoline smell.

Police are also being blamed for not doing more as the teddy bears, signs, and blankets burned, reports the AP. "The police came here and watched it burn," a man who lives near the Canfield Drive tributes says. Tom Jackson, Ferguson's police chief, said in a statement that he was "saddened" by the fire and that the first officer who arrived at the scene couldn't handle the flames on his own and had to call the fire department.

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