Sketch of Iowa City Fire Witness Released

A sketch of the man police believe may be a witness to Saturday's apartment fire in Iowa City.


By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Police released a sketch this afternoon as they continue to actively search for a man they believe may know how a weekend apartment fire started.

Iowa City fire crews responded to the scene at 421 South Dodge Street shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

“They know who they are and we need to talk to them as a witness, and hope they’ll come forward for themselves,” said Sgt. Denise Brotherton of the Iowa City Police Department.

The witness is described as an older white man, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with a beard and long hair and wearing a dark-colored coat and pants. Brotherton said police believe the witness is a transient man who may not be from the area.

Police won’t say whether or not they believe the man started the fire that left about a dozen people without a home. Fire officials said the cause remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the identity of the witness is asked to contact investigator DJ Steva at (319) 356-5284. Anyone who observes someone matching this description is asked to call the Johnson County Communication Center at (319) 356-6800.

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