Police: Mother and son escape arson fire set by homeless man

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David Good (jail photo)

Police say a homeless man started a house fire that forced a woman and her son from their Burlington, Iowa home.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 1800 block of Madison Avenue just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012.  They arrived to find flames visible on the back side of the house.

The fire was under control just after midnight.

A woman and her son, who were in the house at the time of the fire, were able to escape unharmed. 

One firefighter was injured fighting the fire.  He was treated and released from an area hospital.

Damage to the home was estimated at $15,000.

Police said they think 45-year-old David Good, who is homeless, set the fire.  Good was arrested and charged with felony first-degree arson.

Good was held in the Des Moines County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.