Man breaks into FM city hall, sets fire


FORT MADISON – A Burlington man is in custody and undergoing treatment at a local hospital after allegedly breaking into the Fort Madison City Hall and setting a small fire in the bathroom.

According to a release from Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff this morning, at approximately 6:20 a.m. this morning, officers took Anthony C. Zurmuehlen, 34 of Burlington into custody on initial charges of burglary and arson, after an incident at City Hall.

He was apprehended in the vicinity after neighbors reported hearing breaking glass and witnessing him fleeing the building.

Surveillance cameras observed Zurmuehlen in the building and moving about the public areas for approximately an hour before starting a small fire of paper in a bathroom, resulting in only minor damage and smoke. The only other known damage consisted of a broken window to facilitate his escape.

Zurmuehlen is currently being treated at Fort Madison Community Hospital for minor lacerations and clinical evaluation, pending incarceration. He is expected to make an initial appearance Wednesday, in Lee County Court on the criminal charges.

The case is currently under investigation and no further details are available for release

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