Burlington man arrested in connection with arson fire at community living home

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BURLINGTON, Iowa -- A 24-year-old Burlington man has been charged with arson and transported to the Des Moines County Correction Center, accused of setting fire to the residential living center in which he lived.

Previously, Burlington police said they had a suspect in the fire that caused around $30,000 in damage to a supported community living home in the 1000 block of North 9th Street and that he was developmentally disabled. That man, Randy S, Soell, 24,  person was "placed into a secured environment" and was receiving treatment and an evaluation, detectives said Tuesday.

In a release sent out Wednesday, detectives said upon completion of that evaluation, it was determined that necessary treatment had been provided and this individual was going to be released into the community. Detectives conferred with the county attorney’s office and mental health officials in an effort to determine was steps were most appropriate to maintain the safety of the community and decided to charge him with Arson 1st Degree and take him into custody.

There was no bond set pending an initial court appearance.

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