DeHaan lists the criteria for concluding that a fire constitutes arson.


Criteria for arson:

(1) There has been a burning of property with destruction (more than superficial scorching or sooting).

(2) There is sufficient evidence that the fire is incendiary in origin.

(3) The fire was started as a willful and malicious act.


Evidence of incendiary origin of a fire may include:

(1) presence of an accelerant

(2) presence of an incindiary device

(3) exclusion of all natural and accidental causes


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