UPDATE: Woodbine, Iowa fire investigation continues
WOODBINE, Iowa (KTIV) -
Iowa Department of Public Safety law enforcement officials are still conducting their investigation on a fire that occurred at the Everything Ellen Flower shop at 413 Walker Street on Thursday September 26.
Investigators say the scene revealed the fire was likely set to the west wall of the flower shop near the alley that runs north to south behind the building.
They have surveillance video that shows a man in the alley near the flower shop around 3:21 p.m. That's about eight minutes before the fire was reported to the Harrison County 911 dispatch.
The video shows a white man that is approximately 5'7" to 6'0" tall, wearing a dark colored t-shirt, light colored baggy shorts that extend past their knees (possibly white basketball style short) with a dark stripe down the side, and dark colored shoes.
Investigators are seeking the public's assistance to identify this person.
They are also seeking the public's help in providing copies of any video or photographs taken of the downtown area within an hour prior to the fire or within the first 30 minutes of the fire call.
"Thus far, we have not been able to see the suspect in any other photos or videos other than the surveillance video that we have," said Iowa Fire Marshal Special Agent John Ticer. "That again is one of the reasons why we are asking for the public's help."
They say as with any fire, a reward is offered through the arson reward fund of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this or any other fire.
Anyone with information concerning the fire, or who has video or photos meeting the above requirements are asked to contact the Woodbine Police Department at 712-647-2345, the State Fire Marshal's Office at 712-308-3977, or the Arson Hotline at 800-532-1459.
The Harrison County Sheriff is also assisting with this investigation.
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