Suspicious Atlantic City fires ruled as arson

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - October 31, 2011

The first suspicious fire occurred on the 200 block of North Beach Street.

Fire crews responded after reports of someone throwing a flaming bag of excrement at the house. Fire crews washed down the home.

The second fire broke out along the 100 block of South Martin Luther King Boulevard just before 2 a.m.

Investigators say the fire was intentionally set, saying someone put a flammable substance on the carpet of the apartment building and then set it on fire. Luckily, one resident was able to extinguish the flames by using a fire extinguisher.

When fire crews arrived on scene they noticed heavy smoke throughout the building. Residents were temporarily evacuated while the smoke was cleared. They were all allowed back inside 15 minutes later.

According to the Fire Chief, this was the second suspicious fire to happen between 2:30 and 3:00 a.m. in Atlantic City.

The fires are being investigated as arsons.

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