Man Accused of Setting Fire to Family's Home

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By Aaron Hepker

SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has been arrested, accused of setting his family's home on fire while his wife and two children were inside.

Darrell Abbott, 40, was arrested Saturday in Iowa City on a Benton County arrest warrant.

Abbott is accused of starting the fire early on Oct. 9 in his mobile home at a trailer court three miles south of Shellsburg.

No injuries have been reported.

Abbott is charged with arson, two counts of child endangerment and one of criminal mischief. He's being held in Benton County Jail, pending $25,000 bail. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.
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