Teen Charged in Fire that Destroyed Iconic Madison County Covered Bridge

April 20, 2017

Officials say a West Des Moines teenager has been charged with first-degree arson in a fire that destroyed an iconic covered bridge featured in the best-selling novel “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the 17-year-old boy faces up to 25 years in prison if he’s convicted.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t name juveniles charges with crimes.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office believes the teen set the covered bridge on fire early Saturday morning.

The bridge was also featured in the 1995 movie adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County,” starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The novel was written by Robert James Waller, who died in March.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    Agent says:
    How about lack of proper upbringing, not knowing right from wrong, smoking dope. You pick one and they all might be accurate.
  • April 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    Perplexed says:
    Kid had too much time on his hands, like so many others these days. Parents need to quit providing for their every need and let them learn what it's like to work for a few thi... read more
  • April 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    Jack Kanauph says:
    I wonder if he would have gotten 17 years if the bridge wasn't famous.
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