Man charged for arson in Atlantic City rooming house fire

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – On Monday, a man was arrested for starting a fire in an occupied rooming house. At 4:59 pm, the Atlantic City Fire Department and patrol officers responded to the first block of north Kingston Avenue for a fire. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire on the second floor of the home. The occupants of the building were able to escape the home. Six fire companies were able to bring the fire under control within an hour.

While on scene, Daniel Grisales-Mejia approached officers and indicated that he lived in the home. Grisales-Mejia was sent to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Division, to be evaluated.

Fire Captain John Friday and police Detective Matthew Cocuzza initiated an investigation into the fire after speaking with a witness. At the completion of the investigation, Grisales-Mejia was criminally charged with setting the fire.

Two occupants were relocated with the assistance of the American Red Cross.

ARRESTED: Daniel Grisales-Mejia, 21, of Atlantic City.
CHARGES: Aggravated arson and criminal mischief.

Grisales-Mejia was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766. Information can be text to tip411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD. All texts are anonymous.