From the Muscatine Fire Department:
The cause of the fire at 614 East Seventh Street has been classified as INCENDIARY (intentionally set). This is the result of investigation of the scene, interviews, and laboratory analysis of samples taken from the scene. This remains an open, ongoing investigation in regards to the subjects responsible for the fire.
The home will likely be a total loss. The assessed value of the structure was $85,000 and loss of contents is estimated at $15,000.
The Muscatine Fire Department would like to thank the Muscatine Police Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office for their assistance.
If you have information that will assist in furthering our investigation, please contact either the Muscatine Fire Marshal at 563-263-9233 or Muscatine Police Department detectives at 563-263-9922.
Mike Hartman, Fire Marshal