Arson is defined as the willful and malicious burning or charring of property.

There are many types of arson crimes, including setting fire to one’s property with fraudulent intent–such as to collect insurance money. While the majority of arson crimes involve damage to buildings, arson can also be committed by a person who sets fire to forest land or a boat. Arson statutes typically classify arson as a felony due to the potential to cause injuries or death.1