South Jersey woman and 3 men arrested in historic mansion and iron foundry fire, police say


A woman and three men from Camden County have been arrested in connection with multiple fires at an abandoned iron foundry, authorities said.

The fires were intentionally started with flammables in April and June, destroying two buildings while damaging two others, according to City of Burlington Police.

The arson attacks occurred in the city’s defunct US Pipe and Foundry and the historic McNeal Mansion once used as the headquarters of the iron foundry. The foundry complex is abandoned and police say the suspects climbed under a fence.

Police released a surveillance camera that allegedly captured footage of suspects suspected of being involved in starting the fires – and their vehicles, police said.

Counsel assisted police in locating the suspicious vehicle in Camden County, police said.

Four Camden County suspects have been arrested after a multi-agency investigation, Burlington Police said Friday.

Gabriel Vance, 20, of Berlin, has been charged with two counts of arson, criminal mischief and trespassing, police said. Vance was being held in Burlington County Jail awaiting court appearance.

Gabriel Vance

City of Burlington PD

Three others were charged with criminal mischief and trespassing: Summer Wisor, 20; of Sicklerville; Daniel Badecki, 18, from Audubon; and Ryan Gibbs, 19, of Blackwood, according to Burlington City Police. All three were released on summons pending their appearance in court, police said.

In the surveillance video released by the police, four people are seen arriving near the foundry in a vehicle at around 2:30 a.m. The surveillance camera also captured images (shown above) of three men and a woman leaving the area about an hour later, shortly before firefighters intervened, police said.

Fires have reportedly destroyed two buildings, including the historic McNeal Mansion shed, police said. Two buildings at the abandoned iron foundry were also damaged by fire, police said.

The investigation remains active, police said. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the City of Burlington Police Department at 609-386-0262 and as for Detective Jamie Lambing.

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