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Omahan Suspected Of Starting Fire

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Henderson House Damaged In Nov. 19 Blaze

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has issued an arrest warrant for an Omaha man accused of setting fire to a home he owns in Henderson.

The warrant was issued Dec. 17 for Larry Douglas Fast, 57, of 3405 Forrest Lawn Avenue in Omaha. The warrant alleges Fast broke into the home at 405 Myrtle Street in Henderson on Nov. 19, just after 8 a.m. and set two fires. One fire was started in in the main floor bathroom and a second on the back porch, said Special Agent John Ticer of the State Fire Marshall's Office.

After an examination of the scene, Ticer determined the fire was intentionally set. He declined to elaborate on how Fast came under suspicion or if an excellerent was used to start the fire.

According to the warrant and the Mills County Assessor's Office, Fast is the registered owner of the home at 405 Myrtle Street. Fast purchased the home in February of 2005.

Jennifer Asmus, Fast's daughter, is a tennant in the home but was not present during the fire.

A dog and cat owned by Asmus were killed in the fire. No other injuries were reported.

Fire departments from Henderson, Macedonia, Carson, Malvern and Emerson assisted in getting the blaze under control. The home was destroyed, according to Ticer.

The warrant charges Fast with second degree arson, second degree burglary and insurance fraud. Following the fire, Fast made a claim with his insurance company to recoup his losses in the fire.

As of press time, Fast remains at large.