Explosion and Fire in Tampa, Florida

At 5:45am last Wednesday, a 911 call went through claiming that there was an explosion and a fire in Avila, an exclusive residential resort in Tampa, Florida. Four bodies were discovered in the house – two adults and two teenagers. Due to the nature of crimes of arson, identifying circumstances surrounding homicide and suicide takes… Read more »

NYC Has Seen a Spate of Premeditated Fires

Arson is often used as a way of targeting certain groups and inflicting harm to specific organizations. That’s why there’s usually a strong connection between arson and hate crimes in most instances. Here at John Michael Agosti & Associates, we often deal with cases that unveil some of the worst sides of humanity. Even large… Read more »

Toledo Arson

Chicago is an American city that has been marred by fire in its history. Our city, home to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, continues to see its fair share of arson and accidental fires every single year. However, in terms of modern day fire safety, Chicago is currently well ahead of other municipalities where… Read more »

Arson is a Hate Crime

Arson is often a crime of a highly personal nature. To set something on fire – there’s a sick poetry in that. It’s dramatic, it requires maintained passion to make an impression, and, often, there is a message outside of the need to destroy something that comes along with arson.   So it’s not surprising… Read more »

Arson, Puppies and Las Vegas

It’s no surprise that we take arson so seriously. It is a thoroughly reprehensible crime that robs individuals of their property, their homes, and sometimes their lives. According to the FBI’s website, in 2011 the average dollar loss per arson victim was $13,196. I think we can all roundly agree that arson is no good…. Read more »

October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month, and many organizations and individuals are doing what they can to ensure that as many people as possible are protected from the greatest fire hazard risks in their homes. In communities all over the country, plenty of public activities are available that can provide homeowners and families with lifesaving information…. Read more »

The importance of getting arson facts straight

Nailing down the exact cause of a possible arson case is crucial for all the parties involved. Not only does the victim deserve to know who or what cost them their property, but the perpetrator also deserves to be brought to justice. When the investigation process tries to cut corners, it can prove to be… Read more »

As Detroit burns, all of America mourns

Detroit is dead…   Not really, but if you have been paying attention to newscasters and pundits, you would think that Detroit has kicked the bucket.   In a way, it has. Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. It has lost its freedom, its independence.   The Motor City is a ghost town, chockfull of abandoned… Read more »

Remember the UpStairs Lounge arson attack

Arson is a crime that leaves a wake of devastation wherever it travels. Often, arson is used as a tool for hate, as some people decide to burn the entirety of what someone loves or has worked for simply because of personal differences. When arson occurs for these kinds of reasons, the results can be… Read more »

Let’s not forget about arson victims

Whether it is a volunteer firefighter being sentenced for starting fires in Sonoma and San Mateo counties or the search for three young suspects wanted for questioning about arson in Santa Monica, every day we hear stories about arson. All across the country, arson is on the rise.   The media often pays too much… Read more »