Arson News

5 Boys Charged with Arson in Connecticut Fires

Authorities say five boys have been arrested in connection with two fires in Norwich last month. Police say four 13-year-olds and a 12-year-old face charges that include second-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief. Police say the most recent blaze happened …

New York Man Sentenced for Setting Fire to Business

The last of three New York men who set fire to a business belonging to one of the men’s father has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Christopher Gorman of Buffalo had been drinking …

Alabama Couple Accused of Burning Down Home to Claim Insurance

Authorities say a man and a woman face felony charges after setting their house on fire and then trying to claim insurance for all of their belongings. Police detective Rick Whitfield tells The Birmingham News the couple’s belongings had been …

Hanover Accuses Memphis Recording Studio of Insurance Fraud After Arson Fire

An insurance company that paid more than $2.8 million in claims after an arson fire damaged an historic Memphis music recording studio has now accused a rock music label company of fraud and wants its money back. The Commercial Appeal …

Arson Suspected in Several Recent Connecticut Fires

Police and fire investigators say a string of fires in Norwich, Conn., recently appear to be arson and are looking for the person or people responsible. The latest blaze occurred Monday night at the former YMCA building on Main Street. …

Wal-Mart Employee Sets 3 Fires Inside Massachusetts Store

Police are looking for an employee of a Massachusetts Wal-Mart they say set three fires inside the store, forcing the disposal of all the food on the sales floor. Police say they identified the suspect through security video. She was …

Man Charged in New Jersey Apartment Fire That Destroyed Three Buildings

A 19-year-old has been charged with setting his former New Jersey home ablaze, leaving four firefighters hurt, three buildings destroyed and 20 residents displaced. The Jersey Journal reports a criminal complaint says Matthew Nathan was arrested Sunday afternoon and faces charges …

Oregon Officials Believe Arson Behind 14 Or More Wildfires

State authorities and forest officials say at least 14 wildfires that have erupted across central Oregon over the last three weeks are believed to have been intentionally started. Officials did not release details on which fires were started by arsonists, …

Massachusetts Restaurant Owner Sentenced to Four Years for Insurance Fraud

A Leominster, Mass., man who set fire to his own restaurant to collect the insurance money has been sentenced to four years in prison. Jeffrey Cordio, who owned the West End Diner, was also sentenced in federal court to three …

$1M in Pipeline Construction Equipment Damaged in Iowa, Arson Suspected

Machinery located at three oil pipeline construction sites in central Iowa was found extensively damaged by fire on Aug. 1 in what the company building the pipeline called a shameful act. There’s little doubt the fires were intentionally set along …