GARFIELD — Five weeks after a fire in an apartment, a woman from Passaic has been arrested and charged with starting the blaze and fleeing the scene.

Allison Gutierrez-Tuesta, 25, faces charges of arson, aggravated arson, and failure to report a fire.

At around 10:30 a.m. on April 28, police and the fire department responded to a fire at an apartment along Passaic Street, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Responders determined that the fire appeared suspicious in nature.

89 Passiac St., Garfield (Google Street View)
89 Passiac St., Garfield (Google Street View)

A subsequent investigation determined that Gutierrez-Tuesta intentionally set fire to the apartment in two locations, and then left the scene without telling authorities.

Gutierrez-Tuesta was arrested in Garfield on June 5. She was remanded to Bergen County Jail ahead of her first court appearance.

Authorities have not released details about a motive for the incident.

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