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Ridgefield, Rutherford fires both arson, prosecutor says

Photo Credit: Richard Criscione, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent
Photo Credit: Richard Criscione, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent

UPDATE: Pre-dawn fires in a vacant house in Ridgefield and a single-family Rutherford home were both set, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.

Cliffside Park, Fairview and Palisades Park firefighters joined their Ridgefield colleagues at 894 Lancaster Avenue around 5:30 a.m. ( photos above, below ).

A 60-something woman who lived alone got out before a 1 a.m. fire that began in the garage rendered her 2½-story house on Ridge Road in Rutherford unihabitable, authorities said.

Firefighters from East Rutherford, Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Wallington assisted.

Both fires “have been determined as arsons” and are under investigation by his office’s Arson Unit, Molinelli said.

STORY / PHOTOS: Richard Criscione, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent

STORY / PHOTOS: Richard Criscione, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent

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