NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Haydon is reporting that Carlos Fernandez, age 20, has been arrested and charged with starting a fire on Friday that damaged three buildings on Somerset Street.
The fire started shortly before 4pm at 272 Somerset Street, a boarded-up home in the city’s Fifth Ward. The blaze spread to buildings on either side, seriously damaging the law office of Alexander Takacs at 270 Somerset Street and a private residence at 272 Somerset Street.
It was not mentioned in the Star-Ledger article where in the city Fernandez lives, but the story did say that a witness coming forward with information was responsible for his arrest. Fernandez is held on $50,000 bail at the Middlesex County Workhouse in North Brunswick.
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