YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Five cars and a house in an Englewood neighborhood were set ablaze overnight, and investigators from the city and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s arson unit are trying to determine who’s responsible.
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Englewood police have charged a 24-year-old undocumented Guatemalan day laborer with torching several cars and a house in the same neighborhood late last month and then two more cars just blocks away yesterday,
A resident flagged down a city patrol officer at 3 a.m., alerting him to the burning cars on West Palisade Avenue near the Soldiers Monument, Detective Lt. Tim Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
“Five of them were purposely set on fire,” he said.
Police and firefighters were at the scene moments later when the siding of a house suddenly sprouted flames, the lieutenant said.
“It was probably smoldering for awhile when it went up,” Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “Fortunately, there was little damage.
“Those are all big, older, subdivided homes in that neighborhood. A lot of people live there.”
The vehicles were all parked curbside between the monument and Cottage Place. They include a retored 1986 Fiero, a Lexus and two Camrys.
Two were destroyed, two had moderate damage and one had minor damage. A sixth car that was near those set on fire sustained some damage, as well.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence for the investigation, finishing around noon.
Because they’re not impeding the traffic flow, the cars will remain on the street for now, authorities said. The incident won’t affect tomorrow’s Memorial Day parade, they said.