Public Safety

Iowa volunteer firefighter pleads not guilty in corncrib fire

SAC CITY, Iowa — A November trial is scheduled for a volunteer firefighter accused of setting fire to a corncrib in western Iowa’s Sac County.

Sac County court records say 25-year-old Brent Mack pleaded not guilty Monday to arson, burglary and other crimes. The trial start is set for Nov. 5.

Authorities say Mack told investigators that he, 18-year-old Alexander Lilly and a 17-year-old girl drove around the county on Aug. 19, looking for a place to set a fire and settled on the corncrib. The plan was to start a fire so Mack could respond with his department from Nemaha to put it out.

The Nemaha and other departments responded to battle the blaze a little more than a mile (1.7 kilometers) north of Nemaha.

Lilly also has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. The girl has been charged with conspiracy.

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