Woman arrested for Camden warehouse fire

Chopper 6 HD over the scene of a multi-alarm fire in Camden, New Jersey on July 5, 2011.

July 7, 2011 11:36:47 AM PDT
Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the fire that incinerated an unused warehouse in Camden on Tuesday night.

Tami Shipp, 35, of Camden was arrested Wednesday night and charged with Aggravated Arson in connection with the fire at the warehouse, located at 6th Street and Carl Miller Boulevard.

Police say Shipp, who was allegedly squatting in the abandoned building, had just gotten into a fight with her boyfriend when she set a mattress on fire by igniting paper underneath it with a lit cigarette. She then walked out of the building without alerting the boyfriend, who also uses the warehouse for shelter.

Shipp is being held at the Camden County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The mattress fire spread quickly throughout the building, and was reported to fire officials around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Residents were forced to evacuate as the fire threatened at least a half dozen nearby homes.

No injuries resulted.

The fire was the 6th multi-alarm fire the city has seen in a month. However, officials say this fire is not connected with any of the previous Camden fires currently under investigation by the local law enforcement and the ATF.