N.J. man charged after allegedly starting fire that spread to barn, police say

N.J. man charged with criminal mischief for starting fire

New Jersey State Police Perryville Station responded to a barn fire on Charlestown Road in Union Township at 10:14 p.m. on Saturday evening.Rich Maxwell | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly starting a fire that spread to a barn in Union Township.

New Jersey State Police Perryville Station officers responded to a barn fire on Charlestown Road in Union Township at 10:14 p.m. on Saturday evening, officials said.

Police and the Pattenburg Fire Department alleged Melvin Quiros, 47 of Union Township, started the fire. He was arrested and was charged with criminal mischief, authorities said.

Quiros is accused of pouring gasoline from an adjacent building through the rear of the barn to purposefully start the fire at a wood pile beside the barn, police said. The fire spread to the exterior of the barn, they said.

N.J. man charged with criminal mischief for starting fire

New Jersey State Perryville Station responded to a barn fire on Charlestown Road in Union Township at 10:14 p.m. on Saturday evening.Rich Maxwell | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

There were no injuries, authorities said. Quiros was not a resident of the home, they said.

Units that responded to the incident included New Jersey State Police Perryville Station, the Pattenburg Volunteer Fire Company, Hampton Fire Company, Quakertown Fire Company, the Pattenburg Rescue Squad.

New Jersey State Police, the state Fire Marshal’s office, and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the incident.

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Caroline Fassett may be reached at cfassett@njadvancemedia.com.