Runnemede Man Accused of Intentionally Starting Dangerous Fire
Law enforcement in Runnemede NJ recently arrested a local man who allegedly set his own home on fire. The fire quickly spread and resulted in the hospitalization of a firefighter who responded to the scene.
The 43-year-old suspect allegedly committed the property crime at his house, which is located at 159 East Third Avenue in Runnemede, New Jersey. According to Camden County officials, the suspect started the fire on purpose and then dialed 911 to alert authorities.
Firefighters with the Runnemede Fire Department quickly arrived at the house and attempted to put out the blaze. One firefighter suffered from exhaustion as a result of his efforts to stop the fire. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors treated him for his injuries and then kept him overnight for observation.
Meanwhile, detectives with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Fire Investigation Unit worked with detectives from the Runnemede Police Department Detective Division to investigate the fire and determine whether any criminal charges needed to be filed in connection with the fire.
Police officers spoke with the suspect, who reportedly told them that the fire was caused accidentally by a candle that fell over and hit a window curtain. However, investigators found the suspect’s explanation for the cause of the fire to be extremely suspicious, so they took a closer look. Detectives ultimately determined that enough evidence existed to place the suspect under arrest for intentionally starting the fire that destroyed his house.
The suspect has been charged with arson and aggravated arson. Arson charges can be elevated to aggravated arson charges when the offender started a fire with the purpose of collecting insurance money or with the purpose of destroying a building.
If the suspect in the Runnemede arson case is ultimately convicted on the arson charges, he would face severe penalties. The fact that the fire spread and caused extensive damage to a neighbor’s home could also be a factor in any sentence imposed against him.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Camden County Jail in Camden, NJ. However, he was soon released on his own recognizance. He will have to appear in Camden County Superior Court at a later date to address the arson charges.
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