CAMDEN, NJ — A homeless 34-year-old man has been charged for starting an early Sunday morning fire that killed two people in East Camden, authorities announced tonight.
Brandon Adams was charged with two counts of first-degree felony murder following the 3-alarm blaze at 3416 Cramer St.
Adams allegedly committed arson that caused the deaths of two men - who's identities have not been revealed - according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki.
Reports came in to the Camden City Department (CFD) and Camden County Police Department (CCPD) at roughly 3 a.m. Sunday, as the fire engulfed the apartment building with frigid temperatures in the 50s beginning to set in.
The CFD, with assistance from out of town units, managed to gain entry into the building and begin to evacuate residents. Ultimately, nine people were sent to local hospitals and one firefighter was treated after dislocating a shoulder.
The incident set off an investigation, which remains ongoing with help from the Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office and New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office
"Detectives determined Adams was responsible for intentionally starting the fire based in part on assistance and information provided by the community," reads a statement from the prosecutor's office.
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office (CCPO) said "three dozen displaced individuals" are currently being helped by the American Red Cross.
Adams is in custody in Camden. He was charged before being sent to the Camden County Correctional Facility to await a pretrial detention hearing.
If you have information on the incident, call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Elvin Nunez at 856-614-8078 or Camden County Police Department Detective Edward Gonzalez at 856-757-7042. You can also email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.