Ottumwa Man Charged In March House Fire


An Ottumwa man is facing charges related to a house fire that took place in March.

According to court documents, at around 8:00 A.M. on March 2, 2022, 26 year old Justin Dean Henderson allegedly entered an occupied residence on Center Street without permission while in possession of a torch or other incendiary device. The reports state that Henderson started a fire inside the structure, endangering the property owners and causing more than $750 in damage but not exceeding $10,000. As a result of this incident, a warrant for Henderson’s arrest was issued on April 4.

Henderson was taken into custody at 4:30 P.M. on Friday, April 22. He has been charged with 2nd Degree Burglary (Class C Felony), 2nd Degree Arson (Class C Felony), Possession of an Incendiary Device (Class C Felony), and 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief (Class D Felony). He is currently in the Wapello County Jail where he is being held on a $35,000 cash only bond.

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