New Jersey House Fire Survivor Faces Murder Charges in 2004 Blaze That Killed 3

A Texas man who survived a house fire that killed three people a dozen years ago in South Jersey is facing charges in the arson.

The Courier-Post reports authorities said Thursday 30-year-old Jesus Perez-Rivera was charged with felony murder in the deaths of 32-year-old Luis Silva, his 29-year-old wife, Maria, and her 6-year-old son, Carlos Cruz.

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said the Killeen, Texas, man moved from Camden to Puerto Rico with his family shortly after the July 2004 fire along N 22nd Street.

Perez-Rivera was taken into custody by the Killeen Police Department and was held in Texas while awaiting extradition.

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