April 2nd, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Two arrested in Virginia fires

Two people were arrested overnight and charged with one count of arson in connection with a string of suspicious fires in Accomack County, Virginia state police said Tuesday.

Tonya Bundick, 40, and Charles Smith III, 38, are being held without bail, authorities said.

There have been 77 suspicious fires in the county in the past five months, according to the sheriff's department.

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October 24th, 2012
05:29 AM ET

Patient 'upset at illness' confesses to starting deadly fire

A 67-year-old cancer patient was arrested Wednesday in connection with a fire that ripped through a hospital in Taiwan killing at least 12 people and injuring 60 others.

Lin Chi-hsiung, who was found hiding in a storage facility at the hospital, confessed to starting the fire a day earlier because he was upset over his illness, according to Tseng Chao-kai, head prosecutor for the Tainan District Prosecutor's Office.

Lin is a colon cancer patient who has been hospitalized in the facility since late 2010, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

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January 4th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Los Angeles arson suspect charged with 37 counts

A German man arrested in Los Angeles early Monday after a string of 52 fires - mostly in parked cars - was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson, prosecutors said.

Harry Burkhart, 24, was due to appear in a Los Angeles court Wednesday in connection with one of the worst arson sprees in the city's history.

"After reviewing the available evidence, we filed 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure," Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "The current charges relate to arson fires at 12 locations in Hollywood, West Hollywood and Sherman Oaks between December 30 and January 2."

No one was hurt in the fires, but property damage costs are likely to reach $3 million, authorities said. Burkhart is also under investigation for arson and fraud in his home country, a prosecution official in Germany said.

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