Iowa Man at Scene of Blaze Charged with Arson


By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 19-year-old Des Moines man has been charged with arson after hanging around the scene of a fire in an eastern section of the city and asking firefighters about the blaze.

The Des Moines Register reports that Lequan Lee Clark was arrested early Friday morning after firefighters were called to a fire at a vacant home shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday. The front of the home was burning when firefighters arrived.

Ted Jefferson, a Des Moines fire marshal, says Clark hung around the scene and started asking firefighters questions "that raised suspicion."

Clark is charged with second-degree arson. He was being held in the Polk County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Damage to the home was estimated at $40,000.

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