Fire that destroyed Eric Garner memorial was accidental: officials

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Staten Island, NY (WPIX) -- An elaborate memorial for Eric Garner caught fire Monday evening and was destroyed, but police believe the blaze wasn't deliberate.

Garner, a 43-year-old father, died after police placed him in a chokehold during an arrest last summer.

The collection of candles, cards and colorful flowers went up in flames around 10 p.m. According to EMS, the fire was accidental and attributed to one of the candles.

Garner's daughter, Erica, took photos of the destroyed memorial and posted them on Twitter.

"The injustices and struggle still continues," she Tweeted, "Evil set my dads memorial on fire tonight. But can't erase his legacy. rebuild 2morrow #anonymousopfurguson #OplCantBreathe."

She clarified her tweets Tuesday, saying that she didn't believe a person had lit the fire, only that "evil" was behind it.

By Jeremy Tanner

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