MASON CITY | A Mason City woman accused of felony arson allegedly started three fires in her home Saturday, court documents say.

Donyale Jones, 29, was arrested Saturday and is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness said Jones set several fires in her home, including a fire in the kitchen. She also set fire to a mattress in the the living room with intent to destroy the house, court documents said. 

Mason City police and fire departments responded to the fire about 1:50 p.m. at 218 Eighth Place SE, according to a news release.

Police say the structure was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene. Mason City firefighters were able to put out the fire.

Police suspect that it stemmed from a domestic issue.

“It didn’t come as a total surprise,” Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said Tuesday. 

Keith Riser owns the property on contract from Nick and Rita Zahariades, according to county assessor records.

The Mason City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division along with the fire department and state fire marshal’s office conducted a joint investigation.

There were no injuries or further property damage, according to police.

“There wasn’t anyone in the house when we got there,” Brinkley said.

If convicted, Jones could face up to 10 years in prison. Her initial appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. 


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