Man Rescued From Burning Hainesport House Charged With Mischief, Trespassing

Eric Zeppenfeld, 33, was rescued while he slept on the second floor of a Washington Street house Saturday morning. He was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

A man who was rescued from a burning building in Hainesport was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing, New Jersey State Police announced Monday morning.

Eric Zeppenfeld, 33, was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass after a state trooper rescued him from the second floor of a burning house. Zeppenfeld sleeping on the second floor at the time of the fire.

State Trooper Brian Travinski, of the Bordentown Barracks, reported to a fire at a boarded up vacant house on the 400 block of Washington Street at 7:57 a.m. Saturday morning. When he arrived, smoke was was coming from the second floor.

After attempting to open the front door and finding it was locked, Travinski discovered a broken window, leading him to believe someone was inside.

Travinski used a halligan tool, which is used to assist in making emergency entries into homes and cars, to force his way through the front door.

When he entered, he could see flames in the area surrounding the fireplace.  He then searched the entire first floor as smoke rose to the level of his waist.

He was able to reach the second floor of the home, where he discovered Zeppenfeld sleeping on the floor.

He woke up Zeppenfeld and helped him out of the house. He returned inside to see if anyone else was in the building.

Hainesport Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.  After a brief investigation, Zeppenfeld was arrested. He was lodged in
the Burlington County Jail in lieu of $5000 bail with no 10% option.
life time resident June 02, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Holy Cow! Who writes or proofs this stuff?


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