Student pleads guilty to starting dorm fire at NJ university

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — A former student accused of starting a fire in a dorm at a northern New Jersey university last year has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. Hudson County prosecutors say 18-year-old Thomas Apostolico, of Toms River, entered his plea Thursday and agreed to pay $7,665.50 in restitution for damages the blaze caused at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. The plea was made public Monday. No students were injured in the Nov. 26 fire, which occurred in the basement of Humphrey Hall, a freshman dorm on the school's campus. But the heavy smoke conditions it caused forced authorities to evacuate the dorm's 150 residents.

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