Crime Stoppers offers $500 reward for arson investigation

Webster County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for setting fire to a Fort Dodge house for the second time in three months.

The reward for the March 1 fire, which happened at 854 N. 24th St., was announced Monday.

In a written statement, Crime Stoppers said they are offering the reward because of how serious the crime is.

“Arson is a very serious crime that not only causes a great deal of damage to property, but also endangers the lives of all people and property in the surrounding areas and the lives of first responders,” Crime Stoppers said in the statement.

The fire was reported early Thursday morning by a Fort Dodge public works crew, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter.

He said the fire was intentionally set in the basement of the house.

In November 2017, another fire was reported at the same house.

That fire, which Hergenreter said was also determined to be arson, severely damaged the house, which included collapsing the roof.

The home is owned by Janice Bowers, according to Webster County’s online records, which also said the house was built in 1954.

Those with information should call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent anonymously online at or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.