STRATFORD - A man facing an attempted murder charge after he allegedly set his stepson on fire during an argument was ordered held on $250,000 bond during his initial appearance Wednesday.
David A. Lundberg, 43, of Stratford, is facing four charges in connection with the incident Tuesday afternoon in which he is accused of setting himself and his 20-year-old stepson on fire.
He is being held in the Hamilton County Jail in Webster City.
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A gasoline can with a partially melted spout sits in the backyard of 807 Moore St. in Stratford. The property was the scene of an incident Tuesday afternoon that left Dakota Buse, 20, of Stratford, severely burned and his stepfather, David Alan Lundberg, 43, facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly set himself and Buse on fire.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Hamilton County District Court, also in Webster City.
Deputies with the Hamilton County sheriff's office were first called to a property at 807 Moore St. in Stratford after getting a 911 call reporting that a man who had been drinking was trying to leave, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
While responding, the caller said the man, later identified as Lundberg, had poured gasoline all around himself and the garage.
Dakota Buse, who is identified in four criminal complaints as Lundberg's stepson, tried to stop Lundberg from lighting the fuel.
According to the criminal complaints, Lundberg shoved his stepson and "pour(ed) gasoline upon Dakota Buse and ignited it with a cigarette lighter."
Buse received second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, according to the complaints.
Both Lundberg and Buse were transported to Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City for treatment of their burns. Lundberg was treated and released, but Buse was airlifted to the Iowa Burn Unit in Iowa City.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said there was no information available on Buse Thursday, however she declined to say whether that meant Buse wasn't there, a condition report was not available or if Buse had requested his condition not be released.
In addition to attempted murder, Lundberg has been charged with willful injury, reckless use of fire and domestic abuse assault.
A no-contact order was also issued between Lundberg and Buse.