Arson News

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 …

Fire that Damaged Historic Georgia Courthouse Believed to be Arson

A fire that caused heavy damage to the historic courthouse in Macon County, Georgia, is being investigated as a case of arson. WSFA reports that that the Macon County Sheriff’s Office believes the July 9 fire was deliberately set. Multiple …

Detectives Probe Arson Attempt at Kardashian Boutique in Southern California

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives in California are investigating a suspected arson attempt at the West Hollywood DASH clothing boutique owned by the Kardashian sisters. Lt. Edward Ramirez says a witness reported seeing a man throw a flaming object through …

Texas Town Faces Questions After Arson Blamed for Fertilizer Plant Blast

One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze? On May 11, …

ATF: 2013 Fire at Texas Fertilizer Plant Intentionally Set

The Houston Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the fire that caused an explosion that took the lives of 15 people at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas, three years ago was intentionally set. …

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 …