The Longform Guide to Fire
A collection of picks on arsonists, fire fighters and more.
The Town That Burned Itself Down
For 18 months, Coatesville, Penn., was besieged with an improbable number of arsons. But who started the fires—and why?
Trial By Fire
The arson case that led Texas to execute an almost certainly innocent man.
The Fire Next Door
Living through a Colorado fire that burned down 169 homes.
Ten churches are torched in East Texas. The culprits? Two Baptist teens having a crisis of faith.
Letters from an Arsonist
Thomas Sweatt torched D.C. for decades and was finally jailed for killing one person. During a year-long correspondence from prison with a reporter, he confessed there were more.
The Perfect Fire
It started with a candle in an abandoned warehouse. It ended with temperatures above 3,000 degrees and the men of the Worcester Fire Department in a fight for their lives.
19: The True Story of the Yarnell Fire
The Granite Mountain Hotshots, an outfit of professional wildland firefighters, had 20 members. On June 30, 19 of them lost their lives.
Baptism by Fire
A rookie firefighter confronts his first test.