Arsonist causes $40,000 worth of damage to Des Moines motel

  • Source: Des Moines Register
  • Published: 10/19/2017 07:50 AM

A man was charged with arson in the first degree early Thursday morning. Joseph Michael Barrese, 33, of Delaware Township allegedly started a fire that caused $40,000 worth of damage to the Redwood Motel in Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Police Department. Des Moines police responded to a report of fire and found a pile of burning mattresses outside the motel and near a detached building. Officials said no occupants of the Redwood Motel appeared to be in danger. However, the motel's laundry building caught on fire, causing the estimated $40,000 in damages. Motel security footage helped identify the suspect, who was staying at the motel at the time the fire started.


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