Arson News

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 …

North Carolina Investigators Say Church Fire Was Arson, $250K in Damage

Investigators with the Charlotte, N.C., Fire Department say a fire at a predominantly black church is a case of arson. A statement from the fire department said it took about an hour to get June 24 fire at Briar Creek …

Arson Suspected in Car Dealership Fire in Northern California

Arson investigators say they suspect car fires were intentionally set at a dealership north of San Francisco. KNTV-TV reported Sgt. Sasha D’Amico says officers found several vehicles on fire when they responded to a call Wednesday night about a brush …

Firefighters Suspect Arson in Fire at Tulsa, Oklahoma Business

Tulsa firefighters say a blaze that consumed a midtown vacuum store was intentionally set. Firefighters were called out around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to the Teter Sweepers business after witnesses reported seeing smoke as far as one mile away. Responders …

Inadequate Water Supply a Factor in Ohio Firefighter Deaths: Report

A federal agency’s draft report on a suspected arson fire that killed two Ohio firefighters last year said that an inadequate water supply was among several factors that contributed to their deaths. The report also noted shortcomings in risk assessment, …

Widow Gets 4 Years for Burning Million-Dollar Conn. Home for Insurance Money

A widowed mother of two from Florida has been sentenced to four years in prison for burning down her former million-dollar home in Connecticut for the insurance money. The Connecticut Post reports that 39-year-old Amanda Azevedo pleaded with a state …

Fire at Southern California Business That Killed 3 Under Investigation

Arson and homicide investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire over the weekend at a Southern California business where three people died. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say fire crews responding to a call on …

Chief: No Pattern to String of Rental Home Fires in Southern Illinois

A southern Illinois fire chief says a string of fires at rental properties do not appear to be connected. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports there have been 12 fires at rental homes since May 2014. Seven of them happened in …