Arson News

Investigators Eye Arson In Large Los Angeles Apartment Blaze

Federal and local investigators are trying to determine whether an arsonist set a fire that turned an unfinished downtown Los Angeles apartment complex into a block of flames so hot that freeway signs melted and windows cracked in office high-rises as …

Rewards Offered for Information in Missouri Protest Arsons

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to arrests in the intentional fires set after the grand jury announcement in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting. The ATF announced the …

North Carolina Authorities Investigating Fires at Beach Condos

Authorities said two condominiums units and a car have been set on fire in suspicious blazes in Carolina Beach. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David told local media outlets that crews are still checking to make sure no one …

Illinois Judge Denies Lower Bond in Rock Island Arson Case

A Rock Island County judge has denied a lower bond for a man accused of setting a fire that destroyed or damaged a handful of buildings in downtown Rock Island, Ill., in September. Jason Earl Anderson, 34, is charged with …

Arson Suspected in Dubuque, Iowa, Vehicle Fires

Dubuque, Iowa, police and fire department officials say they are investigating two vehicle fires as arson. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reportsthat the fires were reported before dawn on Oct. 23 in a parking lot. Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says …

Fire at Arkansas County Courthouse Annex Deemed Arson

A fire last month at a building that housed the offices of the Arkansas County sheriff and county judge was deliberately set, federal investigators said. No injuries were reported in the early morning fire at the courthouse annex building in …

Colorado Mother And Son Convicted Of Arson Insurance Scam

A Fort Collins, Colo. mother and son have been sentenced to prison for setting their home on fire with hopes of collecting an insurance payout. The Coloradoan reported that 53-year-old Kellie Lawson-Welborne and 34-year-old Christopher Welborne pleaded guilty in July …

Lawmakers Question the Adequacy of Traffic Control After Fire Halts Flights

The havoc created by a suicidal technician at a Chicago-area flight-control center has some lawmakers asking how a single person armed with gasoline and knives could bring down part of the U.S. air-traffic system. Damage caused last week by a …

Trying to Summon Ghosts, Men Destroy Vacant Louisiana Mansion

Seven men have pleaded guilty to arson or trespassing in a fire that destroyed the vacant LeBeau Plantation mansion in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish last November. The sheriff said when they were arrested that the men told investigators they were …

Missouri Volunteer Firefighter Gets 20 Years for Arson

A volunteer firefighter from eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting several fires last year. Police say Dustin Matthew Grigsby was sentenced for setting four fires in occupied buildings last year in Lincoln County, although …