Arson News

Judge: Flawed Science Led to Murder-by-Arson Conviction in Pennsylvania Case

The arsonist who killed Ji Yun Lee was especially cruel and calculating, dousing her small cabin in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains with more than 60 gallons (230 liters) of gasoline and heating fuel and setting at least eight fires, ending at …

Vacant House Fires Plague Louisiana Town

Lafayette, La., fire officials say at least five vacant houses have been set afire in one week. They’re investigating a sixth house fire. They say two vacant houses were torched within 12 minutes of each other early on June 15. …

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A western Missouri man has admitted leading a conspiracy to buy cheap houses and set them on fire to collect nearly $435,000 in insurance benefits. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 27-year-old Joshua Stamps, of Independence, pleaded guilty in federal court …

Serial Arsonists Likely Hitting Central California City: Chief

Fresno, Calif.’s fire chief says investigators believe serial arsonists are behind a series of blazes across the city over the past month. Chief Kerri Donis said Tuesday that fire and police investigators are studying 21 fires that have occurred since …

Minnesota Town Struggles with Arson Problem

When a 17-year-old boy was arrested in May in a suspected arson fire that scorched 76 forested acres near Cass Lake, Minn., it was just the latest indication the city has a problem with fire-setting. An analysis of arson statistics …

West Virginia Insurance Agent, Building Owner Sentenced for Arson Scheme

A West Virginia insurance agent and a building owner were sentenced in federal court last week in connection with a Logan arson scheme. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said that  James Gregory Glick, 44, of Logan, was sentenced to seven years, …

5% of All Texas Vehicle Fires Are Arson, Fire Marshal Says

In Texas, approximately five percent of all vehicle fires are intentionally set, which accounts for $3.5 million in vehicle fire losses, according the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. “Vehicle arson is not a victimless crime,” said Texas State Fire Marshal …

Police Seek Suspects in Rash of Vehicle Fires in Fort Worth

At least nine vehicles have been set on fire in a North Texas neighborhood and police are seeking clues to those responsible for the fiery vandalism. Fort Worth police on April 7 announced the search for suspects in the weekend …

Judge Orders 8 Year Sentence for Arson at San Antonio Denny’s

A man who complained about alleged slow service at a Denny’s in South Texas must serve eight years in prison for starting the restaurant’s Christmas tree on fire. The San Antonio Express-News reports a judge sentenced 25-year-old Christopher Maddocks in …

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A resident of New Orleans, La., is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to multiple arson-for-insurance fraud schemes Anthony R. Thomas had been charged with multiple criminal counts for his involvement in a 2007 scheme to burn his rental property for …