James Fiol, 18, of Glen Ridge, was arrested in connection with an arson incident that occurred in the early morning hours of August 11 in Glen Ridge, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Glen Ridge Police Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta.
At approximately 1:20 am on Sunday, Glen Ridge police responded to a residence on reports of a fire. Arriving officers observed a small fire on the lawn, which they quickly extinguished. Officers at the scene located a device known as a Molotov cocktail. There were no injuries to anyone and there was no substantial damage to the residence. The Montclair Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Fiol has been charged with Arson, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief. Bail was set at $10,000 by the Honorable Robert Gardner, J.S.C.
According to Essex Coutny Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, the fire is believed to be an isolated incident with no known connection between the suspect and the residents of the home on Clinton Road, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly. The investigation is ongoing at this time, according to Fennelly and anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force at (877) 847-7432 and (973) 621-4586. The charges against Fiol will be presented to an Essex County Grand Jury.