CAMDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man suspected of setting fires at more than a dozen vacant homes in Camden over the July Fourth holiday weekend has been captured.
Camden County authorities say Charles Ricks Jr., 44, is responsible for at least 14 of the 16 fires that were set over a 48-hour period. They also say he may be responsible for some other recent arson fires in the Camden area.READ MORE: Gov. Lamont Lifts Most COVID Capacity Limits In Connecticut, But Maintains Mask Mandate
Authorities wouldn’t say how the fires were started. They say Ricks was arrested Thursday morning after a police detective saw him walking on a city street.
Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blazes, but no residents were hurt.READ MORE: 'Isolation Kills, Too': New Jersey Families Beg Governor To Loosen Long-Term Care Facility Visitation Restrictions
CBS Philadelphia reports there is no known motive yet.
It wasn’t known Saturday if Ricks has retained an attorney. Officials say he has addresses in Camden and Philadelphia.
Ricks faces several counts of aggravated arson.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine In New York: Yankee Stadium Vaccination Site Now Open 24 Hours
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