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A small blaze mysteriously ignited in a kennedy School ashtray last week, baffling fire officials investigating the odd incident.
The fire, which caused no injuries or damage, begin not long after a K-School maintenance worker reportedly filled three ashtrays with a substance he thought to be ashtray sand, said K-School spokesman David Irons.
The substance, which had been in the storage room where ashtray sand is normally kept, turned out to be a highly flammable chemical.
The Cambridge Fire Department and Harvard are investigating a number of unusual circumstances, including why the chemical was in the storage area, what ignited the fire, and what exactly the chemical was Investigation have not ruled out foul play.
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