Man Charged in New Jersey Apartment Fire That Destroyed Three Buildings

September 23, 2016

A 19-year-old has been charged with setting his former New Jersey home ablaze, leaving four firefighters hurt, three buildings destroyed and 20 residents displaced.

The Jersey Journal reports a criminal complaint says Matthew Nathan was arrested Sunday afternoon and faces charges including aggravated arson and causing a risk of widespread injury.

A Jersey City spokeswoman says Nathan broke into his former apartment – which he had been evicted from – Sunday morning using a ladder and then set two bags of clothing on fire. He then escaped.

Nathan’s bail is jailed on $75,000 cash or bond.

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