Arson

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The Skyline Parkway Motel in Afton, Virginia after an arson fire on July 9, 2004.

Arson is a crime. When someone deliberately sets fire to a building, vehicle, etc. they do not own and they want to cause damage, it is called arson. A person who commits arson is an arsonist. Arsonists usually use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire.