CLOSINGS: View Closings

Man facing attempted murder charges in relation to Austin fire

Authorities say an alibi Wigham gave police didn’t check out.

Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 6:29 AM
Updated: Mar. 9, 2018 6:29 AM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A man jailed on a first-degree arson charge is also facing attempted murder charges.
Darrell Wigham, arrested in connection to an Austin house fire Wednesday that left two people running for safety to the home’s roof, has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder with intent while committing a felony in Mower County.
Authorities say that one person said they had an altercation with Wigham and that he grabbed a can of paint thinner and spread it on a door and in the house Tuesday night.
Wigham allegedly came back in the early-morning hours and threatened to burn the house down.
Two people inside the house awoke to the flames blocking their way downstairs Wednesday morning and were forced to evacuate the house on the roof before being rescued.
Authorities say an alibi Wigham gave police didn’t check out.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
wxIcon
Hi: 21° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: -8°
Albert Lea
Clear
wxIcon
Hi: 18° Lo: 8°
Feels Like: 0°
Austin
Clear
12° wxIcon
Hi: 21° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: 1°
Charles City
Clear
wxIcon
Hi: 21° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: -4°
Rochester
Clear
wxIcon
Hi: 19° Lo: 8°
Feels Like: -8°
We are tracking a major winter storm for the weekend.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Local brewery needs people to stop bringing in outside alcohol

Image

Another snowfall another clean up

Image

Tracking a Wintry Mess for the Weekend

Image

Free sleds

Image

Hy-Vee sled giveaway

Image

Mohawks, local teams headed to state

Image

Updates coming to RST

Image

New Rochester Police Captain

Image

Clearing snow out of the Cul-de-sacs

Image

RST Taxi license revoked

Community Events