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  • The intentional burning of an object. Criminal arson is understood as either setting fire to someone else's property or setting fire to one's own property with fraudulent intent. Any fire that has been deliberately set with malicious intent is arson. A person who purposely starts such fires is an arsonist. In 1979 arson was added to the list of Index I crimes and became one of the eight serious offenses tracked yearly in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

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