UPDATE: Berkeley Man Charged With Setting Holiday City Fire No Relation To Homeowners
Daniel O’Leary, 51, was charged with second degree aggravated arson in connection with the Friday fire
A 51-year-old Berkeley Township man was charged with aggravated arson Monday in connection with a fire at a Holiday City residence, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
Daniel O’Leary, 51, of 66 Barbuda Street in the Holiday City section of Berkeley Township, was arrested and charged with second degree aggravated arson in connection with the Friday fire.
O’Leary is charged with intentionally setting fire to the home at 77 Barbuda Street on Friday, according to the prosecutor's office.
"He lived a few houses away," Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus said.
Investigators charge that O'Leary knew that two people were inside the residence at the time.
"He intentionally set the fire using combustible materials," said Paulhus. Paulhus declined to say what O'Leary used to start the fire.
The fire was set during the late evening hours. The residents of the home - both of whom suffer from medical disabilities - were able to safely evacuate during the fire, according to the prosecutor's office.
O’Leary, who could face up to 10 years in prison, was jailed on $150,000 bail with no 10 percent option. He is presently lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
The blaze broke out in the garage of the one-story ranch around 12:24 a.m. and was confined to the garage and the attic, Manitou Park Fire Chief Will Jubert has said.
"It wasn't fully engulfed, it was a working fire in the garage," he said.
It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock the blaze down, Jubert said.
Anyone who has any information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Thomas Haskell of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929-2027, extension 3953, or Detective Joseph Robertazzi of the Berkeley Township Police Department at (732) 341-6600.