Jeffrey Hornback, of Lake City, was charged last month with arson in the second degree and insurance fraud in connection with a fire at a home at 3975 Highway 141 near Manning on January 3, 2017.
Hornback is the owner of the home.
Charges were filed in the Iowa District Court for Crawford County on May 7.
According to affidavits signed by John Ticer of the Iowa State Fire Marshal Division of the Department of Public Safety, the fire was intentionally set by placing 42 wood pallets in the home’s basement utility room. A space heater, torn papers and cardboard were used to ignite the pallets.
Hornback had the only keys to the property and he was at the residence on the morning of the fire.
No evidence of forced entry was found at the time of the fire department’s arrival.
Hornback moved out in 2016 and had been unable to sell the house, according to the affidavits.
He provided inconsistent or contradictory information to fire and insurance investigators.
Following the fire, Hornback submitted a claim of loss to the insurance company.
Arson in the second degree is a Class C felony. Fraudulent insurance claim submission is a Class D felony.
On May 22, Hornback pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was ordered to report to the Crawford County jail for booking and fingerprinting on May 29.
On June 14, a tentative trial date of September 25 was set.