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F 14.91 n1 Arson: Burning Defined — Any Consumption By Fire Sufficient (PC 451).
The crime of arson requires that the building structure be burned. However, even a minor charring of any portion of the building structure is sufficient to meet the requirement. (In re Jesse L. (90) 221 CA3d 161, 166 [270 CR 389].)
Moreover, burning for the purposes of arson means consumed by fire. That phrase includes fire caused destruction by means other than literal combustion: e.g., melting of lighting fixtures. (In re Jesse L. 221 CA3d at 166-67.)