Minnesota Statutes – Arson

1st Degree Arson (Minn. Stat. § 609.561)

Dwelling (Subdivision 1)

Whoever by means of fire or explosives intentionally destroys or damages any building that is used as a dwelling at the time of the act, or a building connected to a dwelling is guilty of first degree arson.

Other Buildings (Subdivision 2)

Whoever by means of fire or explosives intentionally destroys or damages any building that is not included in subdivision 1 when another person not included in the crime is present in the building and the defendant knows the person is present or if the circumstances render the presence of such a person a reasonable possibility is guilty of first degree arson.

Flammable Material (Subdivision 3)

Whoever by means of fire or explosives intentionally destroys or damages any building that is not included in subdivision 1 by using a flammable material to start or accelerate the fire is guilty of first degree arson.

2nd  Degree Arson (Minn. Stat. § 609.562)

Whoever by means of fire or explosives intentionally destroys or damages any building not covered in 1st degree (Minn. Stat. 609.561) regardless of its value, or any other real or personal property valued at more than $1,000 is guilty of second degree arson.

3rd Degree Arson (Minn. Stat. § 609.563)

Whoever by means of fire or explosives intentionally destroys or damages any real or personal property if the defendant intended to damage property valued more than $300 but less than $1000, or the value of the property damaged was more than $300 was unintentionally damaged but such damage could reasonably have been foreseen, or the combination of the previous two clauses is valued at $300 or more, is guilty of third degree arson.

4th Degree Arson (Minn. Stat. § 609.5631)

Whoever by means of fire or explosives intentionally sets fire to, burns, or causes to burn, any personal property in a multiple unit residential building or public building (and arson in the first, second or third degree was not committed) is guilty of fourth degree arson.

5th Degree Arson (Minn. Stat. § 609.5632)

Whoever by means of fire or explosives intentionally sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned any real or personal property of value is guilty of fifth degree arson.

Use of ignition devices (Minn. Stat. § 609.5633)

A student who uses an ignition device, including a butane or disposable lighter or matches, inside an educational building under circumstances where there is an obvious risk of fire, (and arson in the first, second, third, or fourth degree was not committed) is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

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