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Oslo police detain man over fire that killed 6

Date: 3/18/2009OSLO (AP) — Norwegian police say they have detained a man on suspicion of arson in an apartment building fire late last year that killed six people and injured 12 in Oslo.The fire ripped through the five-story apartment building…

Police arrest student suspect in Ohio campus fires

Date: 3/6/2009CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a student at a small Ohio college has been arrested on arson charges after several fires were set on the campus.Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Delhi Township say 18-year-old Jordan Cullen was…

Teen arrested in 7 arsons in fire-ravaged Pa. town

Date: 2/19/2009COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 19-year-old was charged Thursday with setting at least seven fires in an arson-plagued steel town, including a block-long blaze that displaced dozens of people last month.Roger Leon Barlow Jr., of nearby…

Australian wildfire survivors seek help to rebuild

Date: 2/19/2009By KRISTEN GELINEAUAssociated Press WriterWHITTLESEA, Australia (AP) — The electrician's tools were incinerated, the trucker's rig reduced to a useless, burned shell. The deadly wildfires that swept southern Australia destroyed…

Australian churchgoers mourn wildfire victims

Date: 2/15/2009By TANALEE SMITHAssociated Press WriterWHITTLESEA, Australia (AP) — Australians mourning the lives lost in horrific wildfires last week sought comfort at churches Sunday even as firefighters continued to battle a dozen blazes…

Campfire group won't face charges for Calif. blaze

Date: 2/14/2009SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Ten people who built a campfire won't be charged with igniting a wildfire last fall that destroyed more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and neighboring Montecito, prosecutors said Friday.Santa Barbara…

Proving murder in case of wildfire arson difficult

Date: 2/14/2009By KRISTEN GELINEAUAssociated Press WriterSYDNEY (AP) — Outrage over the Australian wildfires that killed more than 180 people last week was white hot after police said some of the blazes may have been deliberately set.The prime…

Suspect charged in deadly Australian fire

Date: 2/13/2009By TANALEE SMITHAssociated Press WriterMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Authorities charged a man Friday with lighting one of the wildfires that killed more than 180 people in Australia, and whisked him into protective custody to…

Trial begins for man accused in deadly Calif. fire

Date: 1/23/2009By GREG RISLINGAssociated Press WriterRIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor said Thursday that an auto mechanic was "a man bent on destruction" who ignited a wildfire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters in 2006.In…

Mass. woman charged in fatal '99 fire faces trial

Date: 1/12/2009By DENISE LAVOIEAssociated Press WriterBOSTON (AP) — For nearly a decade, Kathleen Hilton has been in jail, though she's been convicted of nothing.Prosecutors say the grandmother set a fire that killed five people, including…