Arson News

Detectives Probe Arson Attempt at Kardashian Boutique in Southern California

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives in California are investigating a suspected arson attempt at the West Hollywood DASH clothing boutique owned by the Kardashian sisters. Lt. Edward Ramirez says a witness reported seeing a man throw a flaming object through …

Texas Town Faces Questions After Arson Blamed for Fertilizer Plant Blast

One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze? On May 11, …

ATF: 2013 Fire at Texas Fertilizer Plant Intentionally Set

The Houston Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the fire that caused an explosion that took the lives of 15 people at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas, three years ago was intentionally set. …

Guilty Plea Expected for Fire at North Dakota Somali Restaurant

An attorney for a Minnesota man accused of firebombing a Somali restaurant across the North Dakota border in Grand Forks said that any racial overtones were overblown by people who aren’t familiar with the case. Defense attorney Ted Sandberg made …

West Virginia Agent Pleads Guilty to Burning Down His Own Home

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting arson and conspiracy to tamper with a witness. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of West Virginia said in a news release that 36-year-old …

Florida Seeks Information on String of Jacksonville Arsons

The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking for information about a string of arsons that occurred early the morning of December 8th, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. Around 3:00 a.m., a porch surveillance camera captured an image of the suspect, …

Southern California Fires Burn Structures, Stop Oil Field Operations

Crews working through the night stopped the spread of two Los Angeles County fires in Southern California that burned several structures, charred hundreds of acres of dry brush and led to the arson arrest of one person. A brush fire …

Blaze Causes $250K in Damage to Illinois Store; 12-Year-Old Charged

Authorities say a 12-year-old Kankakee, Ill., boy is charged with arson in a fire at a Family Dollar store earlier this month. The (Kankakee) Daily-Journal reports that the boy was charged after investigators saw surveillance video showing him use a …

Southern California Wildfire Caused by Human Activity, Officials Say

Authorities say human activity caused a Southern California wildfire that burned four buildings and 49 square miles of forest land. However, it’s unclear whether the fire was set on purpose or by accident. The blaze erupted on June 17 in …

Report: Arson Rarely the Cause of Southern Church Fires

As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators said July 2 that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that investigators found …