Arson News

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Involving Firefighter Deaths

DOVER, Del. — 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 …

Body of 2nd Firefighter in California Library Blaze Found

PORTERVILLE, Calif.– Crews have found the remains of a second firefighter killed while battling a blaze at a public library in central California allegedly started by two 13-year-old boys, authorities said. The Porterville Fire Department said crews were able to …

Australian Wildfires Fan Argument Over Impact of Arsonists

CANBERRA, Australia — What’s to blame for scores of wildfires devastating Australia’s southeast? There’s an increasingly bitter face-off between those who say arson and those who fault climate change. Each side has powerful backers and their weapons of choice are …

10th Circuit: Missing Fence Didn’t Void Builders’ Risk Policy

An insurance policy purchased by Axia Contracting from Praetorian Insurance Co. required a six-foot chain link fence to completely surround the job site. That is a standard term for all policies underwritten by QBE North America, according to its lawyers. …

Police Search Home of Man Dead After Temple Arson, Shooting

LAS VEGAS — Authorities in southern Nevada seized computer and electronic items Tuesday from the home of a man who police say torched a Buddhist temple, shot toward a least one monk fleeing the fire, ignited another blaze at a …

Court Says Policy’s Vandalism Exclusion Doesn’t Bar Coverage for Arson

Setting fire to a house is much more than an act of vandalism and if insurers want to exclude such damage from coverage they had best use the term “arson” in policy exclusions, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals …

Jury to Restart Deliberations in Oakland Warehouse Fire Case

OAKLAND, Calif. — Three jurors were dismissed Monday for undisclosed reasons on the 10th day of deliberations in the trial of two men charged in the deaths of 36 partygoers from a fire inside a cluttered San Francisco Bay Area …

Honolulu Authorities Investigate Arsons at 3 Waikiki Hotels

HONOLULU — Honolulu police said Wednesday surveillance video recorded images of the same man at three different high-rise hotels near Waikiki Beach where fires were intentionally set in recent days. Two rooms were burglarized while guests were evacuated from one …

Third Defendant Convicted in California Arson Fraud Scheme

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced the last of three defendants involved in an arson fraud scheme, which led to seven Sacramento fires, to four years, nine months in prison. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. also ordered 76-year-old …

Son of Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Burning 3 Louisiana Black Churches

The son of a sheriff’s deputy was charged with burning down three predominately black churches in southern Louisiana over the past two weeks, officials said on Thursday, saying they acted quickly out of concern he would strike again. Holden Matthews, …