September Trial Set for Iowa Firefighter Charged in Fire

July 24, 2008

A Sergeant Bluff, Iowa volunteer firefighter accused of setting fire to a vacant house in the northwest Iowa city is scheduled to go on trial on Sept. 30 in Woodbury County.

Heath Erickson pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

According to court documents, Erickson allegedly used kerosene to start a fire on July 10 around the back door of the house.

Firefighters, including Erickson, responded to the fire.

Woodbury County sheriff’s officials have said investigators are looking for a possible link between Erickson and other unsolved fires.

Erickson is on administrative leave from the fire department pending the outcome of the case.

Source: Sioux City Journal.

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