HCPO seeking public’s help to find woman charged with Jersey City arson that displaced 33 people


The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking the public’s help to find a woman charged with a Jersey City arson that displaced 33 people.

Diane Stiles. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Diane Stiles, 62, of Jersey City, has been charged by the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force with aggravated arson and causing widespread damage, both second-degree crimes.

On June 17th, the Jersey City Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire at approximately 9:56 p.m. on Neptune Avenue between Old Bergen Road and Ocean Avenue.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed a working fire climbing the exterior of 124 Neptune Ave.
– a six-family residence. A second building, 122 Neptune Ave. – also a six-family residence – was also damaged during the fire.

A third building, 118 Neptune Ave. sustained exterior fire damage. The fire was reported under control at 11:20 p.m. No injuries of civilians or firefighters were reported.

Anyone who sees Stiles should not approach her, but should immediately contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-
915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on their official website at

All information will be kept confidential.

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