Investigators are asking the public to help identify a man in a surveillance video who they believe started a fire that damaged several buildings late September in downtown Woodbine.
At roughly 3:21 p.m. on Sept. 26, the suspect walked to the back of the Everything Ellen Flower Shoppe, 413 Walker St., the Iowa State Fire Marshal Division said in a press release. Shortly after, he walked away. The fire was reported minutes later to Harrison County emergency dispatch at 3:29 p.m.
Investigators said the fire was likely set to the west wall of the flower shop next to the alley that runs north to south behind the building.
The suspect was described as white man, approximately 5-foot-7 to 6-foot tall, wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, light-colored baggy shorts with a dark stripe down the side and dark-colored shoes.
Anyone with information about the fire is urged to call the Iowa State Fire Marshal Division at (712) 308-3977, the Arson Hotline at (800) 532-1459 or the Woodbine Police Department at (712) 647-2345. Those with tips leading to an arrest or conviction are eligible to receive a $10,000 reward.
Authorities are not releasing the video at this time because of the ongoing investigation.