Arson News

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 …

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 …