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District on Fire: Arson in DC from 2012-2019

District on Fire: Arson in DC from 2012-2019

I was listening to the news and they mentioned a house fire that was likely arson. I wondered how often arson occurs in DC. I felt like it has to be somewhat rare, but I really had no idea. Luckily, Open Data DC has crime data, including cases of arson in the district by Ward. Arson is defined in DC as (take a deep breath): “The malicious burning or attempt to burn any dwelling, house, barn, or stable adjoining thereto,…

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