PATERSON, N.J. – A Paterson man was charged with starting an arson fire overnight Sunday in an occupied city apartment building.
City firefighters contained the 1 a.m. three-alarm blaze to the basement of the 11-unit building at 50 Clinton Street, where Alberto Peralta-Gomez lived, and an adjoining apartment.
Alberto Peralta-Gomez, 23, who was promptly arrested, had set the fire in one of his closets, authorities said.
No injuries were reported.
Gomez was being held in the Passaic County Jail pending a detention hearing Monday in Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson on charges of aggravated arson and creating a risk of widespread injury.
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