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Alliance man pleads not guilty to arson

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A 40-year-old man accused of setting his western Nebraska home on fire has pleaded not guilty to an arson charge.

Authorities say Isaac Gonzalez ignited a fire Dec. 13 in the basement of a house he rented in Alliance. Alliance officers pulled Gonzalez to safety through a window. He was hospitalized in Scottsbluff. After his release he surrendered to police on Jan. 8. He's free on bond.

The Class III felony charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years. Gonzalez is due back in court on April 1.

Damage of $100,000 to the house and its contents has been reported.

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