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Assistant Fire Chief accused of starting five fires in Johnson county

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa – A press release says the Assistant Chief of the Oxford Fire Department, 30-year-old Timothy Hora, has been arrested and charged with five counts of Arson in the 3rd Degree.

He has also been charged with Public Intoxication in connection to a different incident.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tiffin Fire Department responded to a field fire near 3004 Chambers Ave SW in rural Johnson County on March 27th.

Over the next two weeks, the sheriff’s office and the Oxford Fire Department responded to seven other grass and field fires. They say all of the fires happened at night or in the early morning, and the damage was only in ditches, fields, fence posts and hay bales.

On April 13th, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol when he discovered some small vegetation fires. The deputy also saw a pickup truck parked near one of the fires and Hora allegedly stomping out the flames.

Hora is  in the Johnson County Jail awaiting an initial appearance. His bond is set for $50,000.


Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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