ELGIN, N.D. — A North Dakota volunteer firefighter accused of arson has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
John Iszler is facing charges for fires that were set in Elgin earlier this year at a John Deere dealership and a rental property. The Bismarck Tribune reports the 25-year-old entered his plea Friday in federal court.
Prosecutors say the New Year's Eve fire that destroyed the John Deere dealership resulted in more than $3 million in damages. Investigators say the fire at the apartment complex happened Feb. 25 and put a woman's life in danger.
Prosecutors say that in both cases Iszler returned to the scenes to fight the blazes.