- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) - The owner of a central Iowa pizza restaurant has been accused of torching his business.

Ankeny resident Robert Schultz is charged with arson, insurance fraud and criminal mischief. Schultz told Des Moines television station KCCI that he’s innocent.

The fire at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in downtown Jefferson was reported about 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 26. No injuries were reported.

Greene County authorities say the business was having financial difficulties.

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