Authorities Seek Public Help in Iowa Building Fire


By Larry Burkum

WOODBINE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are asking the public to help identify a person that may be connected to a building fire in the western Iowa city of Woodbine.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says investigators have obtained surveillance video from Sept. 26 that shows a man walking along the alley behind the building that housed the Everything Ellen Flower shop.

The video shows the man behind the building minutes before the fire was reported. Authorities say it's likely the fire was set to the west wall of the flower shop.

The fire destroyed the building and caused structural damage to an adjoining building. Other buildings had water and smoke damage. Authorities believe the fire may have been caused by arson.

Reward money is available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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