fire in Egg Harbor City

Police and firefighters work to quell the flames after a fire broke out Aug. 23 at the Dollar General on the White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City. The cause was suspected to be arson, Mayor Lisa Jiampetti said. The fire led to a water main break, leaving residents in the area without water until mid-afternoon the next day.

EGG HARBOR CITY — An 18-year-old woman was charged with arson after a fire last month at a Dollar General.

Kayla Martinez was charged with third-degree arson, police confirmed Tuesday, after the Aug. 23 fire at the store on the White Horse Pike.

Mayor Lisa Jiampetti told The Press of Atlantic City the day after the fire that the cause of the blaze was arson.

The fire caused a water main break, leaving residents in the area without water until mid-afternoon the next day.

Jiampetti said the pressure from the water through the city’s old infrastructure was likely the cause of the main break between 10th Terrace and Baltimore Avenue on the pike.

Martinez is currently not in jail.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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