Arson suspect arrested following house fire

Arson suspect arrested following house fire

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - A house fire ruled arson on the east side of Mankato late last week leads to an arrest by police.

Michael Tischler is charged with arson and burglary in connection to the incident.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a fire call at the house on Crystal Circle last Friday night.

Fire crews found a window had been pushed open and the carpet was on fire in a basement bedroom.

The complaint says it was Tischler who told a neighbor about the fire.

Police say he initially denied involvement but eventually admitted to starting it.

A small exterior fire was reported at the home the previous day.


ORIGINAL STORY:

A house fire on the east side of Mankato is being investigated as an act of arson.

The fire happened just after 12 p.m. yesterday at a home on the 300th block of Crystal Circle. Investigators say the fire started outside causing minor damage to the siding and ventilation pipe. No one was in the home at the time and damage is estimated to cost less than $500.

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