Madison County bridge destroyed by fire
WINTERSET (AP) — An iconic Madison County covered bridge — pictured on the cover of the best-selling novel “The Bridges of Madison County” — has been destroyed by fire, and authorities say they suspect it was intentionally set.
The fire at the Cedar Bridge was reported around 6 a.m. Saturday, the Madison County sheriff’s office said.
Officials said the bridge was fully engulfed by the time firefighters got to the scene near Winterset in south-central Iowa.
There was no electricity or light source at the bridge and no severe weather or lightning in the area, so the fire will be investigated as arson, Madison County Sheriff Jason Barnes said.
The original Cedar Bridge was built in 1883 before it burned in 2002. Investigators determined the fire to be arson, but no arrests were ever made. About a year later, another Madison County bridge was the target of arsonists, but sustained only minor damage. The Cedar Bridge was rebuilt and reopened in 2004.