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      Ottumwa homeowner charged with arson

      <p>On August 16th the Ottumwa Fire Department responded to 126 South Schuyler Street.</p>

      An August house fire in the City of Bridges has led to felony arson charges against the owner of the home.

      On August 16th the Ottumwa Fire Department responded to 126 South Schuyler Street.

      The home is owned by 26-year-old Christopher Dean Jordan.

      According to court documents, firefighters arrived at the home and found it burning in two separate locations. This fact immediately raised suspicions regarding the cause of the fire.

      The subsequent investigation by Ottumwa Police found that Jordan and his wife were having marital problems. Jordan reportedly told his wife that he intended to burn down the home in order to collect insurance money and start a new life.

      Court records also indicate that Jordan attempted to solicit the help of another individual to burn down the house in exchange for money.

      Jordan faces one count of arson in the first degree (aiding and abetting).

      He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting his $25,000 bond.

      Arson in the first degree is a class b felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

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