Man hurt, then charged in fire

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GALLOWAY – One man was injured at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 in a structure fire at a residence for employees at a blueberry farm on S. Genoa Avenue in the Pomona section of the township. He was later arrested on a charge of aggravated arson.

Upon arrival, police and firefighters reported seeing heavy fire in a second-floor bedroom.

Arnoldo Lopez, 42, a resident, was assisted from the house by a passer-by and a farm worker prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. Lopez was taken by ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus for minor injuries.

An investigation by Galloway Township Police Sergeant Joseph J. Picardi and Galloway Township Fire Investigator Ron Garbutt resulted in Lopez being arrested at the hospital and being charged with aggravated arson. Judge Howard Freed set bail at $75,000 cash.

Lopez is being held at a New Jersey Department of Corrections site in Trenton.

The Pomona, Germania, South Egg Harbor and Port Republic fire companies responded to the scene along with the Galloway Township Ambulance Squad and AtlantiCare Paramedics. Pleasantville and Richard Stockton College police departments also assisted at the fire scene.  

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