ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park police have released the name of the woman who admitted to setting fire to an apartment building early Monday morning on Westfield Avenue.
Police said Pamela H. Zimic, 62, was found sitting on the rooftop of the first floor when they arrived. Zimic told police at the scene that she had started the fire intentionally. Upon further investigation, police learned that Zimic was under an eviction process that was recently initiated by her landlord.
Two cats were located within the dwelling, with one being turned into animal control for treatment and the other dying in the fire.
After her rescue, Zimic was transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital for minor burns to her face and head as well as smoke inhalation.
Following an investigation by Roselle Park Police, Roselle Park Fire and the Union County Fire Investigators Task Force, it was determined that the cause of the fire was arson.
Zimic was released from the hospital and formally charged with second degree aggravated arson, with bail set at $75,000.