19 Year Old Fireman Charged With Fair Haven Arson

Fair Have Fire DepartmentNicholas Joyce, 19, a volunteer Fair Haven firefighter, was charged with second degree Aggravated Arson on Saturday after an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fair Haven Police Department indicated that he started a shed fire behind the United Methodist Church on Friday afternoon, according to an announcement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

The Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Department responded on Friday, April 1, 2016, around 4:28 p.m., to a report of a fire at the United Methodist Church located at 300 Ridge Rd. Upon arrival on scene, the fire was located in the exterior rear of a shed located on church property. The shed belongs to a local Boy Scout troop and contains property and supplies for that organization. Responding firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was contained to the exterior of the shed.

Investigators believe that Joyce started the fire and then returned to the firehouse to respond to the blaze with the rest of his company.

If convicted of Aggravated Arson, Joyce faces up to ten years in a New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), requiring he serve 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Joyce was released from custody after posting $500.00, 10% of the bail amount set by Fair Haven Municipal Court Judge James Berube.

Posted: April 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “19 Year Old Fireman Charged With Fair Haven Arson”

  1. The kid said at 12:53 pm on April 4th, 2016:

    obviously needs some serious mental therapy, as well. A danger to himself and others..

  2. Mike Harmon said at 4:41 pm on April 4th, 2016:

    I thought just politicians started fires so they could be the first ones coming to the rescue. We hear of these stories too often.
    It reminds me of years ago when my kid’s collected “Garbage Pail” cards which were a wise-ass response to the Cabbage Kid cards. I don’t know if I remember it exactly but here goes.
    Picture the card of “Fireman Fred” with the hoses and truck – with the comment on the back
    “MOST KNOWN FOR PUTTING OUT 500 FIRES although he started 800”
    Anyway I hope the kid gets some help and if he deserves it a break in courts.