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Rockland man held on held on $100,000 bail in Mahwah arson fire

Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Correspondent Mary K. Miraglia
Photo Credit: Courtesy MAHWAH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Photo Credit: Courtesy MAHWAH FD
Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Correspondent Mary K. Miraglia

YOU SAW HIM HERE FIRST: Authorities have charged a Rockland County man with setting a fire last week that tore through a 2½-story wood-frame house under construction on a Mahwah cul-de-sac.

Antonio Almodovar, 19, who lives in a Pomona trailer park, was ordered held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on charges of aggravated arson, burglary and failure to report a fire following a first appearance in Municipal Court, Police Chief James Batelli said.

PHOTOS: Courtesy MAHWAH FIRE DEPARTMENT

A source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that Almodovar is an acquaintance of the former owner, who sold the Lakeview Drive property off Stag Hill Road after a battle with the borough over 150 or so chicken coops that he’d kept on the lot.

New construction on the property “was fully involved when police and firefighters got there” last Wednesday around 9 p.m., an emergency responder told CLIFFVIEW PILOT a short time later.

Within a half-hour, firefighters went to defensive positions while drafting water from the Silver Lake due to a lack of area hydrants.

All units were cleared around 1 a.m.

An arraignment for Almodovar, who Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said is single and unemployed, was set for Friday.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

FIRE PHOTOS: Courtesy MAHWAH FD

CVP EXCLUSIVE: Two Ramapo College students took turns raping an unconscious fellow student in a dorm room while others watched and laughed after one of them carried her there on his back from a frat party, a prosecutor told a judge in Hackensack. READ MORE….

Nakeem Gardner, defense attorney Walter Neely (STORY / PHOTOS: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Correspondent Mary K. Miraglia)


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