Man Faces Arson Charge In Massive Bound Brook Fire

WCBS 880 Newsroom
January 14, 2020 - 1:31 pm
Juan Hector Padilla

Somerset County Prosecutor

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BOUND BROOK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A man has been charged with arson following a large fire Sunday that damaged or destroyed several buildings in Bound Brook's downtown district.

The fire broke out late Sunday in an apartment building under construction before it quickly spread to another apartment building across the street, two houses and an electronics store.

Bound Brook fire
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Prosecutors say 28-year-old Juan Hector Padilla was seen walking near the building, known as the Meridia II, several times leading up to the fire.

"Further investigation revealed that defendant Juan Hector Padilla was the individual responsible for the fire at the Meridia II building," Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.

He is also charged with hindering investigation apprehension/false information.

No major injuries were reported in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is ongoing.