set a fire

idiom

: to deliberately start a fire
Police think he set a fire in the bedroom.

Examples of set a fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here's what prosecutors say happened to Randall P. Volar Prosecutors say Kizer went to Volar's home on June 5, 2018, shot him in the head, set a fire in his home and stole his BMW, computer and cash. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024 After a disagreement, a woman on Christmas Eve set a fire in an apartment that trapped and killed two people, authorities have alleged. Emerson Clarridge, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Feb. 2024 Police say the man forcibly took keys from an unarmed security guard, fired shots in the building and set a fire in a stairwell. Emma Tucker, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 In December 1974, The New York Times reported that Ervil's followers set a fire in a tower in Verlan's Los Molinos colony, leading many to come out to help put out the fire — and when that happened, Goldberg recalled, Ervil's followers began shooting. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 Police said Gordon set a fire before leaving the home, which resulted in the police having to wait for the fire department to arrive and extinguish the flames before going in. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 3 Dec. 2023 Investigators also found evidence that someone had tried to set a fire within the home. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2023 According to a media release by the New York State Police, an investigation revealed that Boyd H. Fenton of Athens, Pennsylvania, allegedly entered the barn at the Tioga Downs Casino complex and intentionally set a fire. Ky. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 Setting up the unit took about five minutes due in part to the straightforward instruction sheet that outlined how to set a fire and what precautions to take. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2023

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“Set a fire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set%20a%20fire. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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