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Two juveniles charged with arson in Agassiz fire, deputy chief says

Captain Joshua Reynolds told KTVO there was minimal damage, but the situation could’ve been much worse if there hadn’t been someone around to witness it/KTVO

Two juveniles are facing First-Degree Arson charges following a morning fire at an Ottumwa preschool Tuesday.

Just after 7 a.m., Ottumwa firefighters were called to the Agassiz school building on Williams Street, where they say a shed was on fire. A neighbor told investigators they saw two suspects start the fire.

Crews put out the flames before they could spread to the school building, and cleared the scene within an hour.

Captain Joshua Reynolds told KTVO there was minimal damage, but the situation could’ve been much worse if there hadn’t been someone around to witness it.

"The lady kind of saw what happened, so it helps with our response when it's identified quickly," Reynolds said. "It makes our job easier."

By late Tuesday morning, Deputy Fire Chief Cory Benge said the juveniles were still in custody, both charged with First-Degree Arson and Criminal Mischief.


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