n. malicious burning of property to destroy it or to harm some person; an offence of the degree of felony. Since the intent is malicious hence the deaths that might occur are considered murder. Also acts of intentionally burning down own property is considered arson if done with malacious intent, eg. to get fire-insurance money. Also some countries treat unintentional acts of burning as arson if the loss is huge and there is an element of carelessness on the person's part eg. starting of a forest fire from some campfire or carelessly throwing away a burning matchstick in forest.