By Ian Bush
BRIDGETON, N.J. (CBS) — Fire has damaged the Cumberland County prosecutor’s office, and police in South Jersey are now investigating it as a possible crime.
A burglar alarm at 1:30 this morning alerted cops to something wrong at the building that houses the county prosecutor’s office, on Fayette Street in Bridgeton.
“The first officer on scene, while checking the perimeter of the building for signs of entry, noticed some glowing light in the window on the south side,” police chief Mark Ott told KYW Newsradio today.
The flames were confined to enclosed porch converted to an office, which Ott says was completely destroyed.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that this was definitely an intentionally set fire, and we’re handling this as an arson investigation,” Ott says.
Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to the rest of the suite where prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae makes her headquarters, but there was smoke and water damage.
Ott says his detectives are looking into leads and are offering a reward for key information in the case.