Iowa woman charged with arson, causing animal’s death in Waukon fire

Firefighters are working to put out a fire at a building in Waukon.
Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 3:37 PM CDT
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WAUKON, Iowa (KCRG) - A 43-year-old woman has been charged in causing a fire that hit a Waukon business.

On February 13th, 2022, emergency crews responded to a report of a structure fire at Tin, Rust, & Harmony. Firefighters worked for hours to put the fire out. Waukon City Manager Gary Boden said at the time that it took a million gallons of water to extinguish the fire. The city typically uses about 1/3 of a million gallons a day.

A canine died as a result of the fire. The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office began an investigation due to the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Following the investigation, officials arrested and charged Mindy Jo Jones with Arson in the First Degree and Animal Abuse.