Oelwein teen charged in Feb. 13 house fire

Oelwein Police have made a second arson arrest within two weeks, this time a 16-year-old boy.

The police and fire departments have completed their investigation into a Monday, Feb. 13, house fire at 632 5th Ave. SW, according to a police news release. One count of second-degree arson (Class C felony) has been filed against the teen, who is from Oelwein.

“The matter is being referred to Juvenile Court Services for processing,” says the release. “The structure is considered a total loss with damage extending to a neighboring property.”

The fire on 5th Ave. SW came on the heels of a house fire at 420 4 1/2 St. SW on Sunday, Feb. 12. That home was also destroyed. Authorities said the fires were not considered related but both were investigated.

Chris Edward Westendorf, 57, was charged in Fayette County District Court with second-degree arson in the 4 1/2 Street Southwest fire.

In the Feb. 13 fire, the Oelwein Fire Department was paged at 5:35 p.m. to a fire fully engulfing a porch at 632 5th Ave. SW. When police officers arrived, the fire had spread to the the front half of the residence. Neighboring properties were evacuated as a precaution.

No one was living at the residence at the time of the fire, police said. There were not any injuries.

Fayette County property records list the owner as Ellen Rogers, of Waynesville, Missouri, and also that the house was built in 1908. Records listed its condition as “very poor.”

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  1. Got to admit the second one came as a blessing and thankful nobody got hurt out of this. The blessing being we don’t have tax dollars going to attorneys to have the city take it away from somebody. To top it off those knockdown fees are not cheap. maybe the money saved here could go to something important


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