The case of a volunteer firefighter accused of setting multiple fires in Elgin last winter is moving to federal court.
John Iszler, 25, is charged in U.S. District Court with malicious destruction, by fire, of a business operating in interstate and foreign commerce for allegedly setting a New Year’s Eve fire that destroyed a John Deere dealership, a $3.3 million loss.
He’s also charged with attempted malicious destruction, by fire, of an occupied rental property related to an apartment complex fire on Feb. 25. Court documents say a woman’s life was endangered in the apartment building fire.
Iszler, a member of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, would return to both sites to fight the blaze.
State court documents say Iszler told Grant County Sheriff John Foss he lit the fires, as well as three grass fires from April 18-25. Iszler told the sheriff he started some of the fires, mostly with aerosol cleaner, because he was “stressed out over a person texting and calling him.”