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New Jersey man allegedly set fire to home on Christmas morning, killing two

Source: MEGA; Mercer County Prosecutor's Office

Dec. 28 2021, Published 1:09 p.m. ET

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A man in New Jersey faces charges after setting fire to a home on Christmas morning and killing two people, prosecutors said.

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Ronal Ordonez-Lima, 28, was charged with two counts of murder and other crimes in connection to the fatal fire, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and CBS Philly. The charges were announced this week.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, first responders went to a house in Trenton, New Jersey, for a fire with people trapped inside, according to prosecutors.

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When firefighters arrived, they started to put out the blaze, which spread to other houses and vehicles, according to prosecutors.

Six people were inside the home, and four escaped the blaze, prosecutors noted. Two other people, Selvin Lima and Dilman Canpos, died in the fire.

Prosecutors say Ordonez-Lima set the fire on the front porch of the house. A motive was not released, but the suspect was identified through surveillance footage and witnesses. The New Jersey State Fire Marshal and New Jersey State Police assisted with the investigation.


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