An Oelwein man has been accused of setting a house fire in Independence, that put two people in the hospital.


At about 11:30pm Saturday, Independence fire crews responded to a blaze at a local residence.

Two people were injured in the fire; they were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Their names and conditions have not yet been released,.

Authorities arrested 44 year old Shane Heins of Oelwein on Sunday, on a charge of 1st Degree Arson, for allegedly starting the house fire. The arrest was made after the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa DCI executed a search warrant at 218 3rd Avenue NW in Oelwein.

No other information on the blaze, including the extent of damages to the home and the manner in which the fire was started, were available.