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Arson

Deliberately setting fire with a destructive intent. Arson can be intended to incite terror; for example, a loan shark may set fire to a building owned by a debtor. Insurance for businesses and homes usually covers arson, though sometimes company owners set fire to their own buildings as a form of insurance fraud.
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It takes arsonists to really get these sectarian fires blazing, and, "unless they set them and fan them and give them fuel,'' they will more often than not die out.
This fire, which was not started by arsonists, has burnt almost 230,000 hectares of land, destroyed 550 homes and killed at least 147 people in a wide area from Wandong, north of Melbourne to Marysville and Taggerty.
In particular, he has identified three states--Kansas, Nebraska, and Vermont--which form, he says, the "axis of ignition," guilty of "state-sponsored pyromania." Now, he continues, this axis poses an even greater danger than last year's arsonists. And the danger could grow worse: "If these state-sponsors could gain access to WMC ("weapons of mass conflagration"), the fires of October 2007 would look, by comparison, like backyard barbeques."
These young arsonists tend to act impulsively and in an externalizing fashion when confronted with situations that provoke intense reactions, rather than thinking first about the consequences of their behavior.
A giant map, an aerial view of the city, hangs nearby, with tiny flames marking each of the 19 fires linked to the arsonist. `We start putting the pieces together and ask, `Could it be this person?' '
Back in September 1996, Fareed Zakaria, managing editor of the CFR's flagship journal Foreign Affairs, penned a very revealing essay for Newsweek concerning arsonist Saddam Hussein.
The fire was reported at 3am after the arsonist struck in the first-floor lobby of the flats in Hastings, East Sussex.
Last year, the FBI credited an unknown Phoenix arsonist with causing at least $5 million in damage by torching nine luxury homes bordering the environmentally sensitive Phoenix Mountains Preserve.
In addition, Sas explains, "We're trying to create a way to predict where a fire will be set." By determining a statistical pattern-are most fires started near a settlement, at certain hours, etc.-officials hope to be able to catch the next arsonist in the act.
Carrie Harper, community councillor for the Queensway area, also the victim of a car arsonist, said: "It is a mindless act putting lives at risk."
Mr Dark told reporters: "The arsonist or arsonists are still at large and we hope that the police will leave no stone unturned in finding those arsonists.
AN arsonist is terrorising a town in the North, police feared yesterday.