Firefighters were on the scene Tuesday morning at a house fire just east of Preston Equipment. The cause remains under investigation as one man was taken into custody. (Republican-Leader photo by Chris Olson)
Firefighters were on the scene Tuesday morning at a house fire just east of Preston Equipment. The cause remains under investigation as one man was taken into custody. (Republican-Leader photo by Chris Olson)
Roger Curtis Rain, 68, of rural Lanesboro, was charged with one count of first degree arson, a felony, and one count of fifth degree arson, a misdemeanor, in Fillmore County Court Friday as the result of a house fire between Lanesboro and Preston on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Fillmore County District Court Judge Robert R. Benson set unconditional bail at $20,000 and conditional bail at $5,000. Rain, who was being held in the Fillmore County Jail, was scheduled to appear in court again Monday, Nov. 19.

The court appearance was the result of an investigation by the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office after the house fire on Minnesota Highway 16 Tuesday morning.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the sheriff's office received multiple 911 reports of the house fire at approximately 9:43 a.m. The Preston Fire Department responded and was assisted by the Lanesboro Fire Department, but the fire at the home was fully involved when the first deputy arrived, said Jensen.

Jensen said that a witness reported seeing a person leave the residence in a vehicle as smoke was coming from the house. Rain was taken into custody a short time later at a residence nearby.

The house, which residents in the area said is owned by Rain, is a total loss. Damage is estimated at approximately $250,000. Preston Ambulance stood by at the scene while firefighters put out the fire.