Firefighters battling an Ocean County, N.J., blaze found something hidden within the home’s walls that put the owner in deep trouble with the law, according to New Jersey State Police.
Firefighters arrived Tuesday to the blaze on the 500 block of Dock Road in West Creek, Eagleswood Township to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof, authorities said.
As firefighters from at least five municipalities battled the blaze, they worked to make sure the fire wasn’t spreading so they began to pull back the sheet rock ceilings, according to state police.
As they did, child pornography materials fell down from the ceiling, cops said.
The homeowner, Gamal El-Zoghby, 75, was arrested and hit with child endangerment charges stemming from the porn discovery, according to police.
El-Zoghby, who is an architect listed as a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and reportedly designed the home, was processed and released, authorities said.
Police didn’t say how much child porn was found in the home.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation as of Wednesday night.