Arson News

Woman Arrested in Connection with 28 California Fires

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to 28 fires set throughout the city of Fullerton, Calif., since September. The Orange County Register reports that the woman was arrested after investigators found her trying to set fire to bushes …

Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fatal Fire

A Biddeford, Maine, man has pleaded guilty to setting a fire that claimed two lives there when he was 18 years old. Dylan Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday in Superior Court in Alfred, Maine, to one count of arson and to …

Man Convicted of Burning Down His Rhode Island Restaurant to Collect Insurance

A Massachusetts man has been convicted of burning down a restaurant he owned in Rhode Island. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Daniel Saad was attempting to collect on a nearly $1 million insurance policy when he set fire to Snow’s Clam …

Man Charged with Setting New York Apartment Building on Fire

Authorities say they’ve charged a 63-year-old man with setting a fire in an apartment building in Buffalo, leaving 18 people homeless. Fire officials say the fire was set around 5 a.m. Saturday in a multi-unit building on Bailey Avenue. All …

Ex-Nanny for Penguins Player in Pennsylvania Gets 5-Year Federal Sentence

The former nanny of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison for setting fire to her rental residence and then filing fraudulent insurance claims for the contents. The public defender for Andrea Forsythe, …

New York Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Killing Fiancee for Insurance

A 48-year-old man convicted of killing his fiancee to collect on her life insurance has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Ronald Epps of Amherst was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Buffalo. A …

New Zealand Quake’s Insured Losses Estimated at $705M-$3.5B: Aon Cat Report

Insurance losses from last month’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand are likely to range between NZ$1.0 to 5.0 billion (US$705 million and US$3.5 billion), according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. At …

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 …