Ronald Schroeder, 43 of Union Beach, was charged with second degree Aggravated Arson today for allegedly setting fire inside the lounge of Hazlet First Aid Unit 1 Building at 33 Leocadia Court on Sunday, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
The fire was reported at 5:07 pm on Sunday. Firefighters from the West Keansburg and North Centerville Fire Departments extinguished the blaze with assistance from Union Beach and Matawan firefighters. An investigation determined that the fire was set intentionally, that Schroeder was the only person in building and that he was seen fleeing the building. He returned while firefighters were still on the scene.
Schroeder is a probationary member of the First Aid Squad, having volunteered a short time ago. He was arrested by the Hazlet Police and is in custody at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold. His bail is $100,000 with not 10% option and is prohibited from returning to the building if his bail is posted.