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Authorities seek public help to identify Paterson arson suspect

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Authorities are asking the public for help to identify a man suspected of allegedly setting fire to a property on East 20th Street early Saturday morning.

Police said the suspect, pictured, was seen leaving the scene immediately after the fire. He was also seen walking on 22nd Avenue towards East 21st Street. Witnesses reported seeing a male wearing shorts and shirt in the area at the time the fire started.

Firefighters responded to a fire at 97 East 20th Street at around 5:56 a.m. on Saturday, authorities said. Upon arrival, they encountered a two-story structure, along with three nearby parked vehicles on fire, authorities said.

The building on East 20th Street has a warehouse on the first floor, an office, and an apartment on the upper floor. The sole occupant of the building safely got out of the building without injury, authorities said.

Detectives from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Arson Unit responded to the scene and determined the cause of the fires to be arson.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact detective Joseph Macones at 862-849-7454 or submit a tip by calling 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org.

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