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UPDATE: Early Morning Fire Ruled Arson

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Courtesy: Scott Apostoli Courtesy: Scott Apostoli
Courtesy: Scott Apostoli Courtesy: Scott Apostoli

UPDATE:  Nicholas Matthew Kollasch of Cedar Falls was arrested and charged with Arson in the 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree in the early morning fire at 615 Iowa Street in Cedar Falls.

Kollasch was previously arrested in April 2015 for a hit & run accident. 

During the arrest, Kollasch assaulted a Cedar Falls Officer, resulting in injury to that Officer's shoulder.

The officer still remains on light duty as a result of that injury.


Destroyed in the fire, most of a local band's music equipment. 

The Evan Stock Band, which has been playing in the area for nearly 5 years, came home from playing a show early Thursday morning.

A few hours later, a garage fire that spread to their band van and 2 other cars destroyed the equipment and instruments the band members had yet to unload.

Cedar Falls Fire Department has called the fire suspicious.

The Cedar Falls Police Department is now involved in the investigation.


The Cedar Falls Fire Chief tells KWWL 3 vehicles are destroyed. The garage is also destroyed, but the house does not have any damage.

No one was injured.

At this point, we don't know the exact cause of the fire as it is still under investigation.



Fire crews and police are on the scene of a garage fire in Cedar Falls.

Crews were called to 615 Iowa Street at around 5:45 this morning. At this point, firefighters and police are still on the scene.

Fire officials tell KWWL the garage looks like a "total loss" as they work to assess the damage.

Stay with KWWL as we continue to keep you updated with more information.

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