Three Men Charged with Arson, Allegedly Started House Fire in Closter, New Jersey
The arson incident occurred on October 10, 2015. According to authorities, the three suspects committed arson and fraud when they burned down a vacant Closter house on Closter Dock Road in order to collect insurance money.
Although no one was injured as a result of the blaze, the fire ultimately caused “extensive damage” to the house and required firefighting crews to put it out.
Shortly after the fire, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Squad, and the Closter Police Department began an investigation into the fire.
Investigators eventually determined that the fire was intentionally started.
The suspects include a 67-year-old man from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, a 25-year-old man from Wallington NJ, and a 20-year-old man from Ridgefield Park. One of the suspects reportedly owned the residence that was set on fire.
All three suspects have been charged with committing arson for hire, aggravated arson, and insurance fraud.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the three suspects were taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. They were each being held at the jail on separate $250K bail amounts.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “3 Charged with Torching Closter House for Insurance Money.”