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Investigation of Howard Johnson Motel Fire (Blackwood )Leads to Suspect Being Charged With Arson

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BLACKWOOD, NJ--(June 16, 2021)--On Wednesday March 3rd 2021, at approximately 3:33 AM, the Gloucester Township Police and several fire departments from Gloucester and Camden County responded to the Howard Johnson Hotel 832 N. Black Horse Pike in Blackwood for an active four alarm building fire. Responding officers observed heavy smoke and fire coming through the roof of the hotel.
Gloucester Township Emergency Medical Services, the Gloucester Township Police Office of Emergency Management, and Camden County Office of Emergency Management were on location to assist guests. Approximately forty seven (47) guests were displaced from several hotel rooms. There were no reported injuries to any of the hotel guests or first responders.
The New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire was started intentionally. A lengthy investigation was initiated by Gloucester Township Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) and the New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Investigation revealed a female, later identified as Dannielle Monroe, was the last occupant to leave the hotel room where the fire originated. Search warrants and interviews conducted led to Monroe being charged for Arson.
Howard Johnson Hotel sustained over three million dollars ($3,000,000.00) in damages to business.
Monroe was charged with Arson (3rd degree) and Criminal Mischief (3rd degree). Monroe was charged on a criminal summons pending a future court appearance.
Arrest: Dannielle Monroe 27 YOA 1500 Little Gloucester Rd. Blackwood NJ
Date of Media Release: 6/15/21
Media Release By: Lt. James Schriver #141
Date of Incident: 3/3/21
Incident location: 832 N. Black Horse Pike (Howard Johnson Hotel)
Case Number: 21-10497
Investigating Officer(s): Det. Brian Farrell #148 / New Jersey State Fire Marshal Joseph Jackson

Gloucester Township Police Department
1261 Chews Landing Rd
Gloucester Township, NJ 08021

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