Arson suspected in six local fires

Six fires throughout Marshalltown in recent months are the work of arsonist, according to Marshalltown Fire Chief David Rierson.

“After our investigation it has been determined the fires were intentionally set,” said Rierson. “All properties involved were abandoned or unoccupied.”

The locations include: 502 N. 12th Ave., 7 N. 11th St., 719 N. 4th Ave., 206 N. 4th Ave., 510 E. Main St. and 712 E. Boone St.

A person of interest is being sought by authorities.

Specifically, last Friday at the 712 E. Boone St. fire, a passer-by reported seeing a white male, standing 5’10” to 6,’ in his early to mid-40s, with brown hair and wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded shirt, and a blue baseball cap standing outside the house during the fire.

The witness said the male did not have a beard, but described him as “scruffy looking.”

Rierson said the only common denominator on the fires is the properties were abandoned or unoccupied.

“For example, the fires have happened at different times of the day and night,” he said. “That is why we are asking the public’s help.”

Should anyone have information, contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 641-753-1234, (answered 24/7) or www.marshallcountycs.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will offer a $1,000 cash reward leading to the arrest of a perpetrator. The MFD is asking residents to watch for and report suspicious activity in or around vacant properties.

Arson suspected in six local fires

Six fires throughout Marshalltown in recent months are the work of arsonist, according to Marshalltown Fire Chief David Rierson.

“After our investigation it has been determined the fires were intentionally set,” said Rierson. “All properties involved were abandoned or unoccupied.”

The locations include: 502 N. 12th Ave., 7 N. 11th St., 719 N. 4th Ave., 206 N. 4th Ave., 510 E. Main St. and 712 E. Boone St.

A person of interest is being sought by authorities.

Specifically, last Friday at the 712 E. Boone St. fire, a passer-by reported seeing a white male, standing 5’10” to 6,’ in his early to mid-40s, with brown hair and wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded shirt, and a blue baseball cap standing outside the house during the fire.

The witness said the male did not have a beard, but described him as “scruffy looking.”

Rierson said the only common denominator on the fires is the properties were abandoned or unoccupied.

“For example, the fires have happened at different times of the day and night,” he said. “That is why we are asking the public’s help.”

Should anyone have information, contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 641-753-1234, (answered 24/7) or www.marshallcountycs.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will offer a $1,000 cash reward leading to the arrest of a perpetrator.

The MFD is asking the residents to watch for and report suspicious activity in or around vacant properties.