The blaze resulted in significant property damage to a vacant building at the Curtiss Wright complex in Wood-Ridge, NJ.
After allegedly starting the fire, the suspects are believed to have fled the scene on foot.
The Wood-Ridge Police Department received a call about a fire at the empty building. Firefighters soon arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.
The Wood-Ridge Police Department, the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Squad collaborated on a joint investigation into the fire. Investigators were able to determine that the fire was probably started on purpose.
Police investigators eventually identified the suspects as the individuals who most likely set the fire. The suspects were subsequently located and arrested.
All five suspects are juveniles. Two of the minors have been charged with arson, criminal trespassing, and failure to report or control a fire. The three other minors have been charged with criminal trespassing and failure to report or control a fire.
After being placed under arrest and charged, all five minors were released to the custody of their parents. The five juveniles will have to appear in juvenile court at a later date.
To learn more about this case, go to the Patch.com article entitled “5 Juveniles Charged in Bergen County Arson Blaze: Prosecutor.”