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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 …

Inadequate Water Supply a Factor in Ohio Firefighter Deaths: Report

A federal agency’s draft report on a suspected arson fire that killed two Ohio firefighters last year said that an inadequate water supply was among several factors that contributed to their deaths. The report also noted shortcomings in risk assessment, …

Widow Gets 4 Years for Burning Million-Dollar Conn. Home for Insurance Money

A widowed mother of two from Florida has been sentenced to four years in prison for burning down her former million-dollar home in Connecticut for the insurance money. The Connecticut Post reports that 39-year-old Amanda Azevedo pleaded with a state …

Fire at Southern California Business That Killed 3 Under Investigation

Arson and homicide investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire over the weekend at a Southern California business where three people died. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say fire crews responding to a call on …

Chief: No Pattern to String of Rental Home Fires in Southern Illinois

A southern Illinois fire chief says a string of fires at rental properties do not appear to be connected. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports there have been 12 fires at rental homes since May 2014. Seven of them happened in …

Prosecutor Accused of Misconduct in Texas Arson-Related Execution Case

A prosecutor who handled the case of a Texas man executed for the fire deaths of his three daughters has been formally accused of misconduct over allegations that he concealed evidence during the 1992 murder trial. The State Bar of …

Missouri Man Admits Role in Arson-for-Insurance Schemes

A man implicated in an arson-and-insurance fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty in Missouri to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, of Kansas City, entered the pleas …

Arson Suspected in California School Fire With $1M in Damage

Authorities say they suspect an arsonist set a Northern California middle school’s cafeteria on fire. KCBS-Radio reported that Oakland fire fighters found an opened door when they arrived to put out the early morning blaze at Claremont Middle School, leading …

Arson Trial Begins over 2008 Fire at Nebraska Plant

A federal trial has begun for an Omaha, Neb., businessman accused of paying someone more than six years ago to set fire to his manufacturing plant in eastern Nebraska. A prosecutor said in his opening statement on Jan. 20 that …

Investigators Eye Arson In Large Los Angeles Apartment Blaze

Federal and local investigators are trying to determine whether an arsonist set a fire that turned an unfinished downtown Los Angeles apartment complex into a block of flames so hot that freeway signs melted and windows cracked in office high-rises as …