Table 2

Classification of Firesetters Based on Motive

Primary gain
    Cathartic, excitement, sexual pleasure, boredom, relief of tension
    Delusional, psychotic
    Vindictive, revenge, jealousy
    Instrumental (psychologic): self-destruction/suicide, heroism/recognition, cry for help, attention seeking
Secondary gain
    Acquisitive, financial, insurance claim, profit, rehousing, extortion, professional
    Instrumental (nonpsychologic): crime concealment, intimidation, facilitating other crimes, vandalism
    Political protest, extremist causes, riot, terrorism
    Accidental, carelessness, curiosity, no obvious motive
    Mixed motives