Police: Iowa man set house fire with family inside

Nov 22, 2013

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Council Bluffs man set his house on fire while his mother and 12-year-old brother were inside.

The Council Bluffs Police Department says 21-year-old Jacob Rolfe is in custody following the early Thursday fire. The woman and child escaped the house uninjured.

Sergeant David Dawson says Rolfe later admitted to setting the fire because he was upset with his mother following an argument.

Fire officials were able to contain the blaze. The kitchen was destroyed and there was other smoke and water damage.

Rolfe is being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail. He faces two counts of attempted murder and a count of arson. Court records do not list an attorney.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.