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ND man charged for winter fires that consumed buildings

BISMARCK -- An Elgin man is charged in connection to multiple structure fires last winter, including a totaled John Deere dealership.

John Iszler, 25, is charged with three felony counts of endangering by fire or explosion and one of criminal mischief. Court documents say he told Grant County Sheriff John Foss he lit fires in Elgin and around rural Grant County, including three grass fires from April 18-25.

Three structures in Elgin were consumed in fires attributed to Iszler, including a detached garage on Dec. 24, Dakota Farm Equipment on Dec. 31 and an apartment complex on Feb. 25. Court documents say a woman's life was endangered in the apartment building fire.

Court documents say Iszler told the sheriff he started some of the fires, mostly with aerosol cleaner, because he was “stressed out over a person texting and calling him.”

The grass fires were reportedly at the Sheep Creek Recreation Area and along rural roads off state highways 21 and 49.

Iszler is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, pending $100,000 cash bond.

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