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Mason City man arrested for arson after house blaze

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested after a house fire was responded to early Wednesday morning.

According to police, at 12:42 AM today, the Mason City Police Department and Mason City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 112 Brook Terrace. The residence, owned by Terry and Linda Turnure, was vacant and an investigation into the fire was conducted.

Dan Pruisman, owner of Pruisman Wood Floors and neighbor of the burning house, called the fire in.

“I smelled smoke. My son came upstairs as I was getting out of bed and said ‘It’s the neighbors house.’ I called 911 and he started dragging, moving the lawn furniture back out of the way. It started in the back and that’s where the most damage is done.” said Pruisman. “We didn’t have any damage to our house. When the flames started shooting out the windows that’s when they were concerned about our house and the neighbors house. They did a good job keeping our house hosed down.”

“When the firefighters got here, they couldn’t go in the house because the fire was in the basement . Flames were coming from the basement window by the air conditioner,” explained Pruisman.

“There was no electricity, no water, no gas. The house has been empty for months, it’s in foreclosure,” informed Pruisman.

After an investigation, officers arrested Roger Kenneth Kuck, age 57, of 124 Brook Terrace of Mason City.

Kuck was charged with 2nd Degree Arson, a class “C” felony, 3rd degree Burglary, a class “D” felony, and criminal trespass, a simple misdemeanor.

The Mason City Police Department was assisted by the Mason City Fire Department.

A class “C” felony is punishable up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

A class “D” felony is punishable up io 5 years in prison and $7,500 in fines.

Firefighters cleaning up debris
Firefighters cleaning up debris
Front house fire damage
Front house fire damage
Rear house fire damage
Rear house fire damage
Kuck, Roger Kenneth SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
Kuck, Roger Kenneth
SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
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