Fairfield New Jersey police arrested a Hopatcong NJ man who allegedly committed arson at his father’s residence.
The incident occurred around midnight at a home located at 6 Oak Road in Fairfield, New Jersey. According to authorities, the 45-year-old suspect used a gas stove to try to cause an explosion.
The Fairfield Police Department received a call from the suspect’s brother, who dialed 911 after the suspect allegedly admitted responsibility for the situation. When firefighters and police officers got to the house, they saw that there was a smoke condition but no actual fire because the fire had already subsided by the time they arrived.
Investigators eventually determined that the explosion was set intentionally. The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with aggravated arson.
Police said that the suspect tried to cause the explosion because he was “distraught over some personal issues,” including an altercation with his brother.
Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the arson incident because nobody was home at the time. Additionally, the fire did not end up causing significant property damage.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the crisis unit of the East Orange General Hospital so that he could be evaluated.
The suspect was later released from police custody on his own recognizance. He will have to appear in Essex County Superior Court, located in Newark, to address the arson charges against him.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Tried to Blow up Father’s Fairfield House, Cops Say.”