Man Arrested for Starting Fire in an Atlantic City Rooming House
Cops in Atlantic City say a man was arrested for starting a fire in an occupied rooming house Sunday evening.
The Atlantic City Police Department says at 5PM Sunday, officers and the Atlantic City Fire Department responded to the first block of North Kingston Avenue for a fire.
According to police, firefighters arrived to find heavy fire on the second floor of the home. The occupants of the building were able to escape.
Six fire companies were able to bring the fire under control within an hour.
While on scene, police say 21-year-old Daniel Grisales-Mejia of Atlantic City approached officers and said he lived in the home. Grisales-Mejia was sent to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center-City Division to be evaluated.
Fire Captain John Friday and police Detective Matthew Cocuzza initiated an investigation into the fire after speaking with a witness. At the completion of the investigation, Grisales-Mejia was criminally charged with setting the fire.
Two occupants of the home were relocated with help from the American Red Cross.
Grisales-Mejia was charged with aggravated arson and criminal mischief. He was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing.
The press release from the Atlantic City Police Department did not indicate if anyone was injured during the blaze.