BOONE, Iowa The Boone County and Story County Sheriff's Offices are investigating a series of fires they believe could be arson.
In all, 20-30 fires could be arson, officials told our coverage partner KCCI-TV.
Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Deputy Andy Godzicki said there have been eight or nine fires over the past year that have been particularly concerning in his county. "We're just in the process of trying to map this out so we can see the big picture here," said Godzicki.
The two most recent fires in Boone County were at the end of January and beginning of February. On Jan. 25, 12 horses were killed in a fire at 270th and X Avenue in Boone County. On Feb. 3, more than two dozen lambs were killed in a fire near the intersection of 270th and J Ave.
Godzicki said right now there's no firm evidence that these were arson fires. However, he said when you group them with several other fires in the same area over the past year that have obvious links to arson, it's not a good idea to believe in coincidence.
Godzicki said there have been similar fires in Story County. He said the State Fire Marshal's Office is now assisting with the investigation. Godzicki is asking residents to keep a look out for vehicles or people who look like they don't belong.