NEWTON, NJ—A 24-year-old Newton resident is facing charges of arson after a fire in the high rise complex at 33 Mill Street.  On June 23 around 1:49 p.m. Newton police responded to the report of a fire on the second floor, police said.

Ptl. Michael Wolanski and Ptl. Mahir Kaylani were able to extinguish the fire, but as a safety precaution, residents were also evacuated from the building. The Newton Fire Department responded and according to police confirmed that the fire was out and ventilated the apartment. 

Once the Sussex County Fire Marshal responded and investigated, they deemed the fire as suspicious. An investigation led to the arrest of tenant Simrah Siddiqui.

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According to police, after a subsequent cooperative investigation was conducted, tenant, Simrah Siddiqui, was arrested.

Siddiqui was charged with arson and criminal mischief and according to police the case is pending an upcoming appearance in Sussex County Superior Court.

Officers and Agencies Involved were Newton Police Officers Ptl. Michael Wolanski, Ptl. Mahir Kaylani, Detective Thomas Tosti, Sgt. Steve Benson, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Detective; Thomas Laird, Newton Fire Department and Sussex County Fire Marshall; Virgil Rome.