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Man charged in Mount Olive Township blaze that destroyed vacant historic business

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Budd Lake man has been charged in connection with a fire Sunday morning that destroyed a vacant historic business in the Flanders section if Mount Olive Township, according to Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

Anthony Rondan, 29, was charged with fourth-degree failure to report a dangerous fire, and disorderly persons offense criminal trespass, Carroll said,

On May 9, at around 4:46 a.m., an officer on patrol observed smoke at a vacant historical business known as Ye Old Mill Shoppe on Route 206, and requested fire and first aid respond to the scene, Carroll said.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Rondan allegedly discarded a lit cigarette while inside the building, Carroll said.

Rondan was charged and released on his own recognizance, Carroll said.

The investigation was conducted by the Mount Olive Fire Marshal, Mount Olive Police Department, Morris County Sheriff Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Arson and Environmental Crimes Unit. Flanders Fire and First Aid departments and Budd Lake Fire and First Aid responded, with additional support from surrounding jurisdictions including Roxbury Fire Company, Long Valley and Chester Fire Engines, Long Valley and Roxbury EMS, Fairmont Fire and Hackettstown Intervention Crew.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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