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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

 A Thanksgiving Day fire is ruled arson.

Nicholas Kollasch of Cedar Falls has been arrested and charged with arson and criminal mischief.

Police say the fire was started in reaction to an earlier morning altercation between the two parties.

The fire happened just before 6 a.m. Thursday at 615 Iowa Street in Cedar Falls.
 The fire quickly spread to three cars and a nearby garage, destroying both the cars and garage before firefighters were able to put it out.


But it wasn't the cars the owners were worried about, it was what was inside.
One of the vehicles caught in the fire was a van packed full of music instruments belonging to Evan Stock Band.

Here you can see flames engulfing the van early Thanksgiving morning.
"I'll always be thankful for music and what I have. Unfortunately I lost a lot of it today," said Evan Stock.

All that's left of the van is this metal outer shell and on the floor you can see the wiring from the band's equipment. Evan Stock says when he saw the blaze, this is the scene he expected.

"I was just pretty shocked. As soon as I saw that the van was on fire the way that it was, I knew everything that was in there," said Stock.

Having returned from a show earlier that morning, the van had nearly $10,000 dollars worth of equipment in it.
"Amplifiers, and PA systems, speakers, monitors, guitars, microphones, effects pedals, lots of equipment," said Stock.


All destroyed in less than 30 minutes.
"Two of the guitars, I had in the van at the time were two of the most sentimentally important instruments  that I had," Stock.


With several performances planned this weekend, the band says the show must go on 
"I've got a lot of instruments and plenty of gear. Some of the things that were lost today, aren't replaceable immediately. But I am sure that we will make due," said Stock. 

Evan tells me this will definitely be a Thanksgiving he won't forget.

This is not Kollasch first offense. 
He was arrested back in April for a hit & run, during which he assaulted and injured a cedar falls police officer.
 

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