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Investigators Open Probe into Los Angeles Explosion

Police and fire investigators launched a criminal probe Sunday into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles that sent firefighters running for their lives. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s major crimes …

Delaware Teen Charged with Setting Fire at Elementary School

Authorities in Delaware have arrested a 14-year-old boy accused of intentionally setting fire to a structure at an elementary school, causing damage estimated at $80,000, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. State Fire Marshal deputies charged the teenager with …

Delaware Company Offers Reward for Arrest in Restaurant Fire

The owners of a bayside restaurant in Delaware are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for setting fire to the eatery last month, according to the development company. Investigators think the April …

Man Arrested, Charged with Hate Crime in Missouri Islamic Center Arson

Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque on April 24 with a hate crime and other counts. Nicholas Proffitt, who spent time in prison for defacing the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau more …

Conspiracy Theorists Set Fire to Europe’s 5G Network Towers, Claiming Link to COVID-19

The CCTV footage from a Dutch business park shows a man in a black cap pouring the contents of a white container at the base of a cellular radio tower. Flames burst out as the man jogs back to his …

Woman Accused of Arson Attempts of Her Arizona Business

A woman has been arrested in an arson attempt at her Glendale business last month, according to authorities. Police said 44-year-old Claudia Ramirez was taken into custody on suspicion of arson of an occupied structure. A Molotov cocktail was thrown …

Man Arrested in Series of Burlington Fires Causing About $74K in Damage

Police in Vermont’s largest city have arrested a man accused of setting a series of fires that caused about $74,000 in damage. Robert Barbin, 57, is facing charges of arson and reckless endangerment. Burlington police say he ignited a fire …

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Involving Firefighter Deaths in Delaware

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Delaware’s largest city involving deaths and injuries of firefighters who responded to an arson. The lawsuit sought to hold Wilmington officials liable for the deaths of three firefighters and serious injuries suffered …

Man Gets 15 Years for Conspiring to Set Fire to His Business in Maryland

A man convicted of conspiring to set fire to his Maryland business to collect insurance money has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland said Demetrios Stavrakis, 54, of Lutherville-Timonium, was …

Man Pleads Guilty to Burning African American Churches in Louisiana

The aspiring ‘black metal’ musician who was arrested in a series of fires set at African American churches in Louisiana last spring pleaded guilty to federal and state criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that …