Homeless Man Charged for Double Fatal Camden Apartment Building Fire

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Camden, N.J. – A fire at a Camden apartment building where one person died has been determined to be arson.  A report by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said 34-year-old homeless man Brandon Adams was charged with Felony Murder.

CCPO report: A homeless man has been charged in connection with a fatal fire at a Camden apartment building on Sunday, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki.  Brandon Adams, 34, was charged with two counts of first-degree Felony Murder for committing an arson that caused the deaths of two men.

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The Camden County Police Department and Camden City Fire Department were called at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020 for a fire at a three-story apartment building located on the 3400 block of Cramer Street in Camden. Firefighters ultimately made entry into the building and numerous residents were evacuated. Two unidentified male victims died as a result of their injuries and at least nine other people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Additionally, a firefighter was treated for a minor injury. Approximately three dozen displaced individuals were assisted by the American Red Cross.

Detectives determined Adams was responsible for intentionally starting the fire, based in part on assistance and information provided by the community. Adams was taken into custody in Camden and charged. He was transported to the Camden County Correctional Facility and is awaiting a pretrial detention hearing.

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The Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office and New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting with this ongoing investigation.

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All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Elvin Nunez at 856-614-8078 or Camden County Police Department Detective Edward Gonzalez at 856-757-7042. Tips can also be emailed to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.