MILLTOWN, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Milltown Police Department's Chief Brian Knelle announced on Wednesday, September 5 via a news release that a 50-year-old Milltown resident was arrested and charged with setting fire to her home.
Karen Piciullo was charged with aggravated arson and criminal mischief on September 5. Her bail was set at $150,000.
Piciullo's home on 39 Pershing Avenue was destroyed by fire on September 5. The blaze began at 5:24 a.m. and destroyed the entire 1 1/2 story house. It also resulted in the death of a dog. Both the Milltown Fire Department and the North Brunswick Fire Department responded to the fire. They worked in conjunction to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to neighboring homes.
Afterwards, the investigation into the fire, which led to the charges against Piciullo, was spearheaded by Lieutenant Christopher Johnson of the Milltown Police Department, Sergeant Wayne Canastra and Detective Nicholas Chiorello. Canastra and Chiorello are both investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. All three investigators were also assisted by members of the Middlesex County Fire Marshal's Office, which included Deputy Fire Marshal James Rinker and Deputy Fire Marshal Scott Volkmann.
The investigation into the Pershing Avenue fire is ongoing. Any residents with information regarding the September 5 fire are asked to contact Lt. Johnson of the Milltown Police Department at 732-828-1100 or Detective Chiorello of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-3848.