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Man Accused of Setting Deptford Twp. Home on Fire After Custody Hearing, Convicted

By kcora on
Deptford Township

A 50-year-old man accused of setting a Deptford home on fire after a custody battle, was convicted today.

Bret A. Henderson, of Philadelphia PA, was convicted by a jury today of arson and aggravated assault against a volunteer firefighter who was injured in the course of extinguishing the Oak Valley section fire.

According to authorities, crews responded to the Haggas Avenue home on June 14, 2015, just two days after Henderson’s ex-wife was awarded ownership of the home in a custody hearing, for a report of a fire.

Investigation into the fire determined that gasoline had been intentionally poured in two locations of the house. Ultimately leading to charges against Henderson.

During trial, the injured member of the Oak Valley Fire Company, John Hernisey, testified he sustained a burn on his neck, as a result of the blaze.

The home sustained substantial damage and was ultimately demolished.

Sentencing on the two third-degree offenses is scheduled for June 30th.