Des Moines Man Accused of Arson in Apartment Blaze


By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a 60-year-old man accused of starting a fire in his Des Moines apartment.

The Des Moines Register reports that Marcus Wise is charged with first-degree arson. Investigators say Wise intentionally set a mattress aflame in his ground-floor apartment a little before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Several people were in their apartments when the fire started, and at least one was rescued by firefighters from a smoky apartment above Wise's. The man was treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Wise is in Polk County Jail pending $25,000 bail. Online court records don't yet list the name of his attorney.
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