Wilful Burning Law and Legal Definition
Wilful burning is the conscious and intentional act of setting a fire. It is an element of the offense of arson.
The following is an example of a case law referring to willful burning:
There are several distinct offenses that fall under the general head of wilful burning. Arson is wilful burning, and a felony. State statutes name a number of other wilful burnings that are denounced as offenses, some being felonies and others misdemeanors. [Keppler v. State, 14 Tex. Ct. App. 173 (Tex. Crim. App. 1883)].