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Cricket Lighters to pay $200K in Mercer County triple-fatal fire

| Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cricket Lighters will pay $200,000 to a settle a lawsuit regarding the death of three people in a 1993 fire in Mercer County.

The Stockholm-based company agreed to pay the settlement to end litigation that began in 1995. Gwendolyn Phillips sued Cricket after the death of her daughter and two grandsons in a Hermitage fire, claiming that Cricket should have had childproof features on its lighters.

The fire was started when Phillips' 2-year-old grandson, Jerome Campbell, lit linen with a lighter he found in his mother's purse. Jerome; his mother, Robin; and 3-year-old Alphonse Crawford were killed in the fire.

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