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South Hackensack Police: Ex-Con Set Rental Truck Fire Next To School

Jose Lopez
Jose Lopez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: South Hackensack PD
No injuries were reported.
No injuries were reported. Photo Credit: Jack Dunn
South Hackensack firefighters quickly got the blaze under control.
South Hackensack firefighters quickly got the blaze under control. Photo Credit: Jack Dunn
Hackensack and Little Ferry firefighters assisted their colleagues at the Huyler Street blaze.
Hackensack and Little Ferry firefighters assisted their colleagues at the Huyler Street blaze. Photo Credit: Jack Dunn

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Authorities charged an ex-con with setting a fire that damaged four party rental company vehicles barely 10 feet from a South Hackensack school on Tuesday.

Surveillance video captured Jose A. Lopez, 45 -- who had just started a warehouse job with the company next door -- setting the fire, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said.

The blaze damaged two trucks and two trailers behind 450 Huyler Street. near South Hackensack Memorial School, authorities said.

Lopez was being held on $60,000 bail, charged with aggravated arson, following an investigation by South Hackensack police and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit.

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