Scorned Woman Sets Fire To Apartment Complex

A New Jersey woman was arrested after a fire that left 22 people displaced. Nakyah Barnes-Nelson put the belongings of a man she was involved with on the wooden balcony of her apartment and set them on fire.

The fire spread quickly and the Myrtle Place Apartment Complex in Camden was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Barnes-Nelson was arrested and charged with two counts of arson and related offenses.

“The agency still has one person of interest we would like to speak with regarding the fire,” according to Camden County Police Department in a statement, though no other persons of interest have been identified as of Friday.

“I opened the door, I see smoke. I ran inside and got my mom out, my brother, started screaming and trying to get everybody out of the building, you know?” said Nilsa Santiago, a resident of the complex. “That’s what matters, the lives. Everything else is material. My mom is OK and everyone else. We didn’t lose lives,” Santiago added.

The Red Cross is providing temporary housing and food for at least nine families who were displaced as a result of the fire.

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