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Green Brook Teenager Charged With Weekend South Brunswick Arson

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Police arrested 19-year-old Green Brook resident Gennaro Toscano for the arson of a South Brunswick home this past weekend in which two people escaped unharmed but at great risk to themselves. Also arrested was Terrence Smothers, 24, of South Bound Brook.  

Middlesex Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka made the announcement about yesterday's arrest in a press release today.

The pair are alleged to have set the fire of a two-story Greenview Road home in the Kendall Park secion of South Brunswick around 11 p.m. on Sunday night, resulting in a blaze that forced the residents out into the street and destroying the home. Firefighters took several hours to completely extinguish the fire.

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Currently in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick, bail for Strothers is $75,000 and for Toscano is $50,000.

Toscano is a graduate of Watchung Hills High School, and according to his Facebook page is a student at Raritan Valley Community College.

The investigation is ongoing, and prosecutors have not given a reason for the arson or a connection between the victims and the arsonists.  People with information relating to the fire should call Detective Kenneth Herman of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000, x 7475 or Detective Todd O’Malley of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3908.

This is the second fire police allege was set by a pair of young men on a Sunday in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick. In April, police arrested 18-year-old Maryum Salam of South Brunswick and an unidentified 15-year-old for a fire that brought four towns' fire departments to the scene, caused the evacuation of three homes and injured a firefighter.  

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