CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the fire at a vacant warehouse in Camden on Wednesday. Officials say the blaze is not connected to the string of abandoned warehouse fires currently under investigation.
35-year-old Tammie Shipp is being charged with aggravated arson for setting a fire inside the vacant warehouse at 6th Street and Carl Miller Boulevard.
“She seems to have gotten in a dispute with another man who was staying there and lit some papers on fire beneath a mattress, which ignited the mattress and in turn, eventually caught the building on fire,” said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.
Authorities say Shipp and the unidentified man were squatters in the abandoned building. Investigators say Wednesday’s fire is not connected to the three earlier fires in Camden that are currently under investigation by local and federal law enforcement. (see related stories)
Ship is being held in Camden County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio