Sioux Center, Iowa — State officials are focusing attention on a handful of arson fires that occurred last year in Sioux Center, in the hope that someone comes forward, during Arson Awareness Week, with information that could lead to arrests.
A series of fires occurred in Sioux Center last year in which the State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) assisted. Three fires occurred on July 10, 2015. The first fire occurred at approximately 12:43 am, and destroyed a one-story wood-framed detached garage located at 446 1st Street East. The second fire occurred at approximately 9:34 pm the same day, and consumed most of a rubbish pile located at the Co-Op Gas and Oil facility at 3rd Ave, SW in Sioux Center. The pile consisted mostly of tire inner-tubes, tires and a wood pallet, according to the State Fire Marshal Division. The third fire occurred at approximately 11:34 pm that night, and caused damage to a two-story wood framed barn/garage located next to a single family home at 347 3rd Ave. NE in Sioux Center.
On the afternoon of Thursday, November 5, a blaze was set that involved a two-story wood framed home, referred to as a Heritage House, which was located at the Sioux County Fair Grounds, and used as a museum.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact State Fire Marshal Division Special Agent John Ticer at 712-308-3977.