The 45-year-old suspect allegedly rigged a gas stove to leak gas and cause an explosion at his dad’s home, which is located on Oak Road in Fairfield, New Jersey.
Fairfield police got a call from the suspect’s brother, who said that the suspect admitted to having set fire to the residence. When police officers and firefighters got to the home, they saw smoke coming from the residence. By that time, however, the fire had already subsided.
Thankfully, there were no injuries caused by the fire because no one was inside the residence at the time.
Law enforcement investigated the fire and later determined that someone had intentionally started the blaze. As a result, the suspect was arrested and subsequently charged with aggravated arson.
According to authorities, the suspect decided to set fire to the home after a dispute with his brother. He was reportedly “distraught over some personal issues.” It is unclear at this time whether the suspect’s brother had a restraining order against him.
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When the suspect was taken into custody, police determined that he needed to be evaluated for mental health issues. So the suspect was transported to East Orange General Hospital for an evaluation.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Tried to Blow up Father’s Fairfield House, Cops Say.”