Paterson man charged with arson for causing three-alarm Clinton Street fire | Paterson Times

Paterson man charged with arson for causing three-alarm Clinton Street fire


A city man has been arrested and charged with arson for causing the overnight fire that displaced 24 people from their Clinton Street house.

Alberto Peralta-Gomez, 23-year-old, is charged with second-degree aggravated arson, and fourth-degree creating a risk of widespread injury, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Peralta-Gomez allegedly lit the fire at 50 Clinton Street. Authorities said he intentionally started the fire in the closet of his apartment. At 1 a.m., firefighters arrived at the multi-family apartment complex with 11 units, to find an active fire in the basement.

Authorities said the fire was contained to the apartment where it originated and one adjoining unit. Seven families or 24 people were displaced from their apartments, according to the American Red Cross which is providing emergency assistance.

There were no injuries in the incident, authorities said.

Peralta-Gomez is scheduled for a court hearing on Monday.

  • Toonchi

    when and if he gets a job all his money is going straight to paying all the damages and belongings that were lost in the fire. he's lucky he didnt kill anyone. he would have paid with his life in jail.

  • Westbrook James

    What an idiot like were given the right mind to cause fire what is he five years old

  • Westbrook James

    Did they find the missing woman that's been missing for three months already

  • Mali

    I just want to thank this fucking dickhead for traumatizing my kids and we have to go elsewhere because he thought this shit was funny seeing us all run out fucking laughing while we all panicked trying to get our kids out…i only lived there for 2 fucking months if you was bored you shouldve lit your dick on fire see how funny that wouldve been

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      pay the right prisoner and they'll set his dick on fire for you…

      • Toonchi

        i wouldve beat the crap out of him if he woulda done that to my house or family, he woulda been in the hospital. especially if he wouldve been laughing.