Perth Amboy Police arrested and charged the man responsible for the Monday Labor Day fire on State St at the Dominican Softball Social Club. Rey Zarzuela-Severino, 36, of Ocean Grove was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated arson, second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree possession of a destructive device, and fourth-degree causing risk of widespread injury or damage.
On Labor Day 9/6 at 2:59 a.m., Perth Amboy Firefighters were dispatched to the social club at 983 State Street, following the report of a structure fire. Heavy smoke and fire were showing from the social club on the first floor of the mixed occupancy building.
Five civilians were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation where they were all treated and released.
Officer Jorge Irizarry II of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Detective Jose Rosario of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office led the investigation.