Arson suspected in two Middle Township fires

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Police say one or more arsonists set fire to a couple of townhouses on St. Andrews Drive in Swainton early Thursday.

A fire was reported at 3:09 a.m. on the 1200 block of St. Andrews Drive, and a second fire was reported at the 1400 block while the Cape May Court House Fire Company and Middle Township police were responding to the first call.

No injuries were reported.

Units arriving on the scene immediately recognized the cause of the fires as arson, according to police. Both fires were put out quickly by the Court House fire company.

St. Andrews Drive is park of the Links of Avalon development.

The Cape May County Fire Marshal and the Prosecutor’s Office responded to assist the Middle Township Major Crime Unit with the investigation. A preliminary investigation indicates one or more suspects put gasoline in plastic containers around the perimeter of the two buildings, police said in a release.

The Middle Township Police Department and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office ask anyone with information to call the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or anonymously call the Cape May County Crimes Stoppers at 609-465-2800. You can also send an anonymous text to 847411. In the first message type cmso.


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