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Arson charge filed against La Crosse man accused of setting fires in his condemned house



A short time after firefighters were called to a burning house on George Street this week, the resident of the house was arrested on an arson charge. 

Patrick Pedretti allegedly was angry that the house had been condemned.  Investigators say Pedretti’s name was on a piece of paper set on fire in the house on George Street. 

Fires were set in a bathtub and a kitchen sink on Wednesday night. 

The house has been condemned, and neighbors say Pedretti was upset about the condemnation.  There was moderate fire damage to the house.   

Pedretti could get a 40-year prison term if he’s convicted of starting the fire.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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