Arson News

Nebraska Dry Cleaning Business Blast and Fire Blamed on Arson

Authorities say an arsonist caused an explosion and fire at a dry cleaning business in Omaha, Nebraska. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal Agency said in a news release Wednesday that investigators discovered evidence of tampering with the natural gas system …

Delaware Teen Charged in Store Fire That Caused $3M in Damage

A Delaware teen is accused of starting a fire at a Family Dollar store that caused an estimated $3 million in damages. Harry Miller with the State Fire Marshal’s Office tells news outlets that the 16-year-old boy was charged Wednesday …

Indictment Says Maryland Restaurateur Plotted to Burn Restaurant, Frame Wife

Federal prosecutors say a Maryland restaurant owner was under pressure, facing an impending divorce and financial ruin. His solution, they say, was to burn down his restaurant for insurance money, and implicate his soon-to-be ex-wife as a terrorist. The Capital …

Pastor Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to His Washington D.C. Rental Apartment

The pastor of a Baltimore, Md., church has pled guilty to setting fire to an apartment he rented in Southeast Washington in a plan to collect insurance money. Jamel Carelock, the pastor of Lead Church, pled guilty in the Superior …

California Family Arson Ring Arraigned in $4M Insurance Fraud Case

A California family was arraigned on Thursday on more than 30 counts of fraud and arson. Tyler Chen, 46, and his wife, Kim, 45, were arraigned in the Santa Clara County Superior Court following their arrest on multiple felony counts …

Sheriff: Arson a Possibility in Deadly Oklahoma Wildfire

Authorities are investigating the possibility of arson in connection with one of two large wildfires burning in Oklahoma, a blaze that’s resulted in the death of one person. Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander said that one person has been questioned, …

Two Plead Guilty to Insurance Fraud by Arson in West Virginia

Two men pled guilty in federal court for their respective roles in a scheme to commit insurance fraud by arson. Dudley Bledsoe, age 63, of Hanover in Wyoming County, West Virginia, and Ricky Dwayne Gleason, age 54, of Peach Creek …

Teens Charged in Fire That Destroyed Century-Old Maryland Home

Two teenage boys have been charged with arson that destroyed a century-old home on Maryland’s Kent Island. The Office of the State Fire Marshal in Maryland reported that the two teens, age 14 and 15, pulled old Christmas trees into …

$5M Wisconsin Resort Fire Was Intentional, Investigators Say

Investigators say a fire that destroyed a dormitory at a popular Wisconsin resort and caused $5 million in damage was intentionally set. The Capital Times reports that the Jan. 25 fire destroyed the Wilderness Resort dormitory that was under construction …

Man Behind Deadly Indiana House Explosion/Insurance Scam Dies in Prison

The man who authorities said was the mastermind behind a deadly 2012 house explosion in Indianapolis was found dead in prison Tuesday, an Indiana Department of Correction spokesman said. Mark Leonard, 48, was found dead around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at …