On November 4, 2022, at approximately 2:26AM, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was notified via 911 of a barn on fire at 1584 335th Street, Salem, Iowa. The Salem Fire Department, along with other fire departments responded to assist, as the fire spread to fields nearby.
At approximately 7:44AM, (November 4, 2022), the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a rekindling at the fire scene and the Salem Fire Department responded again.
The fire was reported as suspicious and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office subsequently investigated.
As a result of the investigation, James Cleere, 18 of Salem, Iowa, was arrested and charged with Arson 2nd (class C felony).