Alleged Little Egg Harbor arsonist has been arrested
A Little Egg Harbor man, accused of setting fires at two homes earlier this month, has been arrested, according to the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.
Phillip Harrison, 48,is accused of intentionally setting fires at 1021 Radio Road (a vacant home) and 847 Radio Road (a vacant commercial structure) in Little Egg Harbor Township on Sunday July 8 just after midnight.
Harrison is charged with two counts of 2nd degree Aggravated Arson and two counts of 3rd degree Burglary.
He's lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Little Egg Harbor Police and surrounding fire departments were dispatched to 1021 Radio Road that night for a report of a house fire.
When they arrived, the fire was emanating from the both the interior and exterior of the home.
After it was extinguished, an investigation into the fire was conducted by the Little Egg Harbor Police department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit and High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office and NJ State Fire Marshall K9 Unit.
The investigation by the partnering agencies determined the origin of the fire at 1021 Radio Road was within northeast corner of the structure along the floor.
The cause of the fire was incendiary by an open flame to available combustibles, according to the OCPO.
But things weren't done as the investigation also found that there was an additional fire that same night that went undiscovered at 847 Radio Road, which was confined to the interior of the building and had extinguished itself without spreading further.
Both structures had been vacant for a time and all utilities had been disconnected.
Patrol response by Little Egg Harbor Patrols, Investigators’ examination of area video surveillance and on scene physical evidence forensics assisted investigators in identifying Harrison as allegedly being responsible for entering both structures and setting the fires.
On Saturday, July 14, as a part of the continuing investigation, Harrison came to Little Egg Harbor Police Headquarters where he was subsequently charged with the above offenses.
The public is reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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