Police recently arrested a Hopatcong NJ man accused of committing arson at his father’s home in Fairfield, New Jersey.
The arson incident occurred around midnight at a home on Oak Road in Fairfield, NJ. According to law enforcement, the 45-year-old suspect used a gas stove at the residence to attempt to trigger an explosion.
The Fairfield Police Department got a 911 call from the suspect’s brother, who said that the suspect had admitted responsibility for the intentional fire. When firefighters and police officers arrived at the residence, they saw smoke but no fire.
Investigators later determined that someone had intentionally set the gas stove to explode.
Police later arrested the suspect and charged him with aggravated arson, a felony-level offense that carries significant prison time.
The suspect allegedly wanted to cause the explosion because he was “distraught over some personal issues,” which may have included a fight with his brother.
There were no reports of injuries as a result of the fire. Additionally, the property damage was minimal because the fire subsided quickly.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was taken to the East Orange General Hospital for a mental evaluation.
The suspect was later released on his own recognizance, with a pending court date in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Tried to Blow up Father’s Fairfield House, Cops Say.”