Arson suspected in Fillmore County fire
LANESBORO — Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a rural Fillmore County house Tuesday.
The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 68-year-old Lanesboro man at a nearby house shortly after the fire was put out. The fire caused $250,000 in damages, according to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen. No one was injured.
Jensen said the suspect would be charged in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday or Friday.
The house, located along Minnesota Highway 16 between Preston and Lanesboro, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters from Preston and Lanesboro arrived. The fire was reported at 9:43 a.m.
A witness reported seeing a person leave the residence in a vehicle as smoke was coming from the house, Jensen said.