Christmas Day arson in Trenton, NJ kills two, city man arrested
TRENTON — A city man is accused of setting fire to the front porch of a residence, the rest of which soon went up in flames, killing two people in the early morning hours of Dec. 25.
According to a release from the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, a man seen on surveillance and identified by witnesses as Ronal Ordonez-Lima, 28, started the blaze at 221 Rusling Street, prompting a response from the Trenton Fire Department around 3:30 a.m. Christmas Day.
From the porch, the fire not only spread to the rest of that home, but five additional residences and several vehicles nearby, prosecutors said.
Six people were inside 221 Rusling Street at the time the fire was set, four of whom escaped. Two adult males, identified as Dilman Canpos and Selvin Lima, were found deceased on the second floor, according to the fire department.
Ordonez-Lima is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated arson, and five counts of arson. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center pending trial.
The Red Cross and the Trenton Department of Community Affairs are assisting any residents who were displaced by the fire.
The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office did not immediately respond to New Jersey 101.5's request for an affidavit.