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19th Apr '17 10:37:11 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* In the famous scene of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' [[spoiler:Shepherd]] orders his men to do this with [[spoiler:the body of Ghost and Roach (the SAS PlayerCharacter), who is still somewhat conscious enough to see Shepherd throw his burning cigar into the gasoline soaked ditch. The last thing Roach sees is Shepard walking away while he burns to death.]]

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* In the famous scene of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' [[spoiler:Shepherd]] orders his men to do this with [[spoiler:the body of Ghost and Roach (the SAS Task Force 141 PlayerCharacter), who is still somewhat conscious enough to see Shepherd throw his burning cigar into the gasoline soaked ditch. The last thing Roach sees is Shepard walking away while he burns to death.]]
19th Apr '17 10:27:24 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* In the famous scene of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' [[spoiler:Shepherd]] orders his men to do this with [[spoiler:the body of Ghost and the main character, who is still somewhat conscious enough to see Shepherd throw his burning cigar into the gasoline soaked ditch.]]

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* In the famous scene of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' [[spoiler:Shepherd]] orders his men to do this with [[spoiler:the body of Ghost and the main character, Roach (the SAS PlayerCharacter), who is still somewhat conscious enough to see Shepherd throw his burning cigar into the gasoline soaked ditch.ditch. The last thing Roach sees is Shepard walking away while he burns to death.]]
1st Apr '17 10:40:54 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "The Sea Glass", one suspect torches the boat that was used to dispose of the BodyOfTheWeek. They do not do a very job and Vera and her crew find traces of blood on the prow.
13th Mar '17 9:24:49 AM hszmv1
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** In TheBigDamnMovie (immediately following the above) an office building is bombed to cover up the bodies of some people who died because of TheConspiracy. Notable in that while Agents were tipped off to the bomb, they were given the wrong building. Mulder for whatever reason decides to search the target building just because. He and Scully manage to evacuate the entire building before the bomb blows and the "victims" tips them off that something was wrong. They had multiple confirmations that all floors were evacuated.
7th Mar '17 11:37:29 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse''. The Umbrella Corporation uses a 5 kiloton tactical nuclear warhead on Raccoon City to destroy the zombie infestation, as well as all evidence that they were responsible for it. They plan to claim that the explosion was a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, ignoring the fact that [[YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever nuclear plants can't explode like a nuclear bomb]].



* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'', the last survivors call the military for help and are assured they will take necessary steps... [[spoiler:not to save them though. Apparently standard operating procedure for this kind of event is to ''napalm'' the affected area. This fails brilliantly as the fire just kicks more of the zombifying chemical into the air, to then fall as acid rain on an even larger area.]]
* In ''{{Film/Outbreak}}'', the military threatens to bomb the town in order to contain the virus.
* In ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', Captain Ramios is trying to cover up disobeying his orders. The evidence is the orders in question.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is smart enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.
* Taken UpToEleven in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', where Moriarty has an assassination carried out, in which not only is the room where the crime took place destroyed, but everyone who was in the room at the time is killed in the blast. But Holmes manages to figure out that it was a cover to hide the shooting of the owner of a weapons factory (the owner himself was shot in the head by Col. Moran from the roof of a nearby building with a sniper rifle, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rather unnecessarily]], seconds before the explosion happened). The explosion covered up the shooting and hid the true motive for the attack.

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* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'', ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', the last survivors call CIA attempt this, firing drones at the military for help and are assured they will take necessary steps... [[spoiler:not to save them though. Apparently standard operating procedure for this kind compound of event is to ''napalm'' the affected area. This fails brilliantly as the fire just kicks more of the zombifying chemical into the air, to then fall as acid rain on an even larger area.]]
* In ''{{Film/Outbreak}}'', the military threatens to bomb the town in order to contain the virus.
* In ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', Captain Ramios is trying to cover up disobeying his orders. The evidence is the orders in question.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is smart enough to know what
African warlord they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.
* Taken UpToEleven in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', where Moriarty has an assassination carried out, in which not only is the room where the crime took place destroyed, but everyone who was in the room at the time is killed in the blast. But Holmes manages to figure out that it was a cover to hide the shooting of the owner of a
secretly been providing with weapons factory (the owner himself was shot in and ammo, despite at least one civilian - Comicbook/LoisLane - inside the head compound. This is prevented by Col. Moran from [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark]], who flies in and blows up the roof of a nearby building with a sniper rifle, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rather unnecessarily]], seconds drones before the explosion happened). The explosion covered up can reach their target. Also Subverted slightly earlier, as after Knyazev and [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] other goons shoot the shooting and hid rebels they are working with, they burn the true motive for bodies with flamethrowers, making it appear to be this trope - but it's really a FrameUp to make the attack.world think that Superman, who's arriving to save Lois from the rebel warlord, killed the rebels with his [[EyeBeams heat vision]].



* In ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', Captain Ramios is trying to cover up disobeying his orders. The evidence is the orders in question.
* In ''{{Film/Outbreak}}'', the military threatens to bomb the town in order to contain the virus.
* ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse''. The Umbrella Corporation uses a 5 kiloton tactical nuclear warhead on Raccoon City to destroy the zombie infestation, as well as all evidence that they were responsible for it. They plan to claim that the explosion was a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, ignoring the fact that [[YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever nuclear plants can't explode like a nuclear bomb]].
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'', the last survivors call the military for help and are assured they will take necessary steps... [[spoiler:not to save them though. Apparently standard operating procedure for this kind of event is to ''napalm'' the affected area. This fails brilliantly as the fire just kicks more of the zombifying chemical into the air, to then fall as acid rain on an even larger area.]]
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is smart enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.
** Taken UpToEleven in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', where Moriarty has an assassination carried out, in which not only is the room where the crime took place destroyed, but everyone who was in the room at the time is killed in the blast. But Holmes manages to figure out that it was a cover to hide the shooting of the owner of a weapons factory (the owner himself was shot in the head by Col. Moran from the roof of a nearby building with a sniper rifle, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rather unnecessarily]], seconds before the explosion happened). The explosion covered up the shooting and hid the true motive for the attack.
* ''Film/WarCraft2016'': Medivh burns down all of Khadgar's research on the Portal and frames it as "it's dangerous for you to investigate this!", while in fact he tries to cover up [[spoiler:his involvement in bringing the orcs to Azeroth. He misses the page Khadgar had hidden in his cloak, though, implicating himself.]]



* ''Film/WarCraft2016'': Medivh burns down all of Khadgar's research on the Portal and frames it as "it's dangerous for you to investigate this!", while in fact he tries to cover up [[spoiler:his involvement in bringing the orcs to Azeroth. He misses the page Khadgar had hidden in his cloak, though, implicating himself.]]
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', the CIA attempt this, firing drones at the compound of an Afican warlord they've secretly been providing with weapons and ammo, despite at least one civilian - Comicbook/LoisLane - inside the compound. This is prevented by [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark]], who flies in and blows up the drones before the can reach their target. Also Subverted slightly earlier, as after Knyazev and [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] other goons shoot the rebels they are working with, they burn the bodies with flamethrowers, making it appear to be this trope - but it's really a FrameUp to make the world think that Superman, who's arriving to save Lois from the rebel warlord, killed the rebels with his [[EyeBeams heat vision]].



* In the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]],'' Keith Palmer's therapist dies in a fire as part of a government conspiracy. (It was probably arson. But you can't prove that.)
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'''s pilot, Mulder's motel room is burned to the ground to destroy evidence of alien abductions in Oregon.
** In season 2 finale "Anasazi", the Cigarette Smoking Man orders soldiers to burn down a boxcar with hybrid alien bodies. Mulder was inside of said boxcar as well.
** At the end of season 5, his and Scully's office is burned in a similar fashion.
* This has been done a few times in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Once, to cover up the death of [[spoiler: Jenny Shepard, who died in California]], by making it look like an unfortunate accident at home so that the newsmedia doesn't learn about the true cause of death. Another time, it is revealed that members of Moussad who are compromised will call in special teams that cover up evidence of the operative in question by staging a fire. In a third instance, a hostage is placed on a pressure plate that threatens to blow up everyone and everything in the room, including computer banks that contain considerable evidence if the hostage is removed (the hostage is safely removed in a manner referencing one of the Indiana Jones flicks and returned to safety, but the aforementioned evidence went up in smoke).
* In ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Division uses this method to remove themselves from the scene of a crashed drug smuggling plane.
** Division also uses a large fire to cover up their involvement in [[spoiler: the murder of the Udinov family]].
** and Nikita herself uses this method [[spoiler:in the finale, to destroy her safehouse]].

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* In the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]],'' 24]]'', Keith Palmer's therapist dies in a fire as part of a government conspiracy. (It was probably arson. But you can't prove that.)
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'''s pilot, Mulder's motel room is Played for laughs in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. When Michael discovers that a storage unit his father tried to keep him from finding out about has burned to the ground to destroy evidence of alien abductions in Oregon.
** In season 2 finale "Anasazi", the Cigarette Smoking Man orders soldiers to burn down a boxcar with hybrid alien bodies. Mulder was inside of said boxcar as well.
** At the end of season 5, his and Scully's office is burned in a similar fashion.
* This has been done a few times in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Once, to cover up the death of [[spoiler: Jenny Shepard, who died in California]], by making
down, it look like an unfortunate accident at home so that the newsmedia doesn't learn about take him long to connect it to the true cause recently released arsonist who's been set up with a job at the banana stand (which he [[FunnyMoments readily admits to]]).
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Digital Estate Planning", this happens in a video game
of death. Another time, it is revealed that members of Moussad who all places. The study group plays an adventure game together and Annie and Shirley visit a blacksmith's shop to buy weapons. Unfortunately, the weapons are compromised will call in special teams that cover up evidence of outrageously expensive and they can't afford any, so Annie tries to get something she thinks would be free. It's not, and she accidentally kills the operative in question by staging a fire. In a third instance, a hostage is placed on a pressure plate that threatens blacksmith while trying to blow up everyone put it back. She and everything Shirley then decide to loot the shop and burn it down. (Yes, [[DevelopersForesight they made it possible to do this in the room, including computer banks that contain considerable evidence if the hostage is removed (the hostage is safely removed in a manner referencing one of the Indiana Jones flicks and returned to safety, but the aforementioned evidence went up in smoke).
game.]])
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Division uses this method to remove themselves from the scene of "Grissom's Divine Comedy", a crashed drug smuggling plane.
** Division also uses a large fire to cover up
gang torches their involvement in [[spoiler: the murder of the Udinov family]].
** and Nikita herself uses this method [[spoiler:in the finale,
leader's apartment to destroy her safehouse]].an evidence before the [=CSIs=] can search it.
* The fire that destroyed Stella's apartment on ''Series/CSINewYork'' was thought to be this trope when a corpse was discovered in a neighboring apartment. Subverted when the "murder victim" was found to have died of an injured spleen from an unrelated accident two days earlier, making its presence at the time of the fire a coincidence.



* In the KoreanSeries ''Series/TwinkleTwinkle'' Granny's secret stash of loan shark contracts, money, and object d'art are detroyed by fire at her hidden warehouse.
* An episode of ''Series/TheMysteryFilesOfShelbyWoo'' revolved around that episode's culprit burning down houses to hide the fact that they were illegally harboring endangered animals inside the houses.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], what appears to be a rash of cases of [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion spontaneous combustion]] is actually this. The killer [[spoiler: has been [[HumanResources harvesting organs]] from the KoreanSeries ''Series/TwinkleTwinkle'' Granny's secret stash of loan shark contracts, money, victims, and object d'art are detroyed by fire at her hidden warehouse.
* An episode of ''Series/TheMysteryFilesOfShelbyWoo'' revolved around that episode's culprit
burning down houses to hide the fact bodies to conceal that they were illegally harboring endangered animals inside anything was taken.]]
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': This is what
the houses.killer appears to have been attempting in "The Brewer's Daughter". [[spoiler:In reality, it was the reverse. The killer set the fire in such a way as to make it obvious it was arson as part of an elaborate frame-up.]]



* Played for laughs in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. When Michael discovers that a storage unit his father tried to keep him from finding out about has burned down, it doesn't take him long to connect it to the recently released arsonist who's been set up with a job at the banana stand (which he [[FunnyMoments readily admits to]]).
* Attempted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' when a top-secret mop-up mission [[spoiler:in China]] is to be obliterated by a bomb strike, conveniently also wiping out the agents tasked for the cleanup. The agents involved are not happy. (although the installation is totally destroyed, so that part of it succeeded)
** Also attempted in 2010, when shady government agents arrange a suicide bomb at a ferry terminal. [[spoiler:They succeed in killing Nathan Ingram, who was planning to meet a reporter and publicly reveal the existence of [[BenevolentAI the Machine]]. They do not succeed in killing the ''actual'' creator of the Machine, though to be fair, [[ProperlyParanoid he went out of his way to make sure they didn't know he existed]]... and the blast left him with permanent injuries.]]
** Team Machine discover a coded message from privacy terrorist group Vigilance written on the wall of an apparently empty lockup in infrared paint. There's also a CCTV camera, a remotely activated trigger for the roller door and the sprinkler system has been converted to spray everything [[BoobyTrap and everyone]] with gasoline. An electric lighter starts sparking away, but fortunately Reese turns up to rescue them before the whole place blows up.
* The Ronan Point disaster in London was parodied and satirised in the Architect sketch on ''Series/MontyPython''. An architect demonstrates a manifestly unsafe apartment block that catches fire, collapses, and then explodes - and that's only the ''model''. Instead of being thrown out of the room, the board committee ascertain the Architect is a fellow Freemason, and whole-heartedly endorse his design as "being good enough for the tenants".
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Digital Estate Planning", this happens in a video game of all places. The study group plays an adventure game together and Annie and Shirley visit a blacksmith's shop to buy weapons. Unfortunately, the weapons are outrageously expensive and they can't afford any, so Annie tries to get something she thinks would be free. It's not, and she accidentally kills the blacksmith while trying to put it back. She and Shirley then decide to loot the shop and burn it down. (Yes, [[DevelopersForesight they made it possible to do this in the game.]])
* ''Series/NewTricks'': In "In Vino Veritas", UCOS investigate the murder of a pub landlord who died in a fire at his pub. The landlord's dire financial situation led the police at the time to mark the fire down as suspected arson and his death as suicide. However, the landlord was murdered and the fire [[spoiler:was started by his brother (who was not the murderer) to cover up evidence of other crimes that would have come time light if there was an investigation]].

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* Played for laughs in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. When Michael discovers that a storage unit his father tried to keep him from finding out about has burned down, it doesn't take him long to connect it to the recently released arsonist who's been set up with a job at the banana stand (which he [[FunnyMoments readily admits to]]).
* Attempted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' when a top-secret mop-up mission [[spoiler:in China]] is to be obliterated by a bomb strike, conveniently also wiping out the agents tasked for the cleanup. The agents involved are not happy. (although the installation is totally destroyed, so that part of it succeeded)
** Also attempted in 2010, when shady government agents arrange a suicide bomb at a ferry terminal. [[spoiler:They succeed in killing Nathan Ingram, who was planning to meet a reporter and publicly reveal the existence of [[BenevolentAI the Machine]]. They do not succeed in killing the ''actual'' creator of the Machine, though to be fair, [[ProperlyParanoid he went out of his way to make sure they didn't know he existed]]... and the blast left him with permanent injuries.]]
** Team Machine discover a coded message from privacy terrorist group Vigilance written on the wall of an apparently empty lockup in infrared paint. There's also a CCTV camera, a remotely activated trigger for the roller door and the sprinkler system has been converted to spray everything [[BoobyTrap and everyone]] with gasoline. An electric lighter starts sparking away, but fortunately Reese turns up to rescue them before the whole place blows up.
* The Ronan Point disaster in London was parodied and satirised in the Architect sketch on ''Series/MontyPython''.''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. An architect demonstrates a manifestly unsafe apartment block that catches fire, collapses, and then explodes - and that's only the ''model''. Instead of being thrown out of the room, the board committee ascertain the Architect is a fellow Freemason, and whole-heartedly endorse his design as "being good enough for the tenants".
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Night of the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Digital Estate Planning", this happens in a video game of all places. The study group plays an adventure game together and Annie and Shirley visit a blacksmith's shop to buy weapons. Unfortunately, Coyote", the weapons are outrageously expensive and they can't afford any, so Annie tries to get something she thinks would be free. It's not, and she accidentally kills the blacksmith while trying to put it back. She and Shirley then decide to loot the shop and burn it down. (Yes, [[DevelopersForesight they made it possible to do this in the game.]])
* ''Series/NewTricks'': In "In Vino Veritas", UCOS investigate the murder of a pub landlord who died in a fire at his pub. The landlord's dire financial situation led the police at the time to mark the fire
killer burns down as suspected arson and his death as suicide. However, the landlord was murdered and the fire [[spoiler:was started by his brother (who was not the murderer) a museum to cover up evidence their theft of other crimes that would have come time light if there was an investigation]].a specific item.



* The fire that destroyed Stella's apartment on ''Series/CSINewYork'' was thought to be this trope when a corpse was discovered in a neighboring apartment. Subverted when the "murder victim" was found to have died of an injured spleen from an unrelated accident two days earlier, making its presence at the time of the fire a coincidence.
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': This is what the killer appears to have been attempting in "The Brewer's Daughter". [[spoiler:In reality, it was the reverse. The killer set the fire in such a way as to make it obvious it was arson as part of an elaborate frame-up.]]
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Night of the Coyote", the killer burns down a museum to cover their theft of a specific item.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Grissom's Divine Comedy", a gang torches their leader's apartment to destroy an evidence before the [=CSIs=] can search it.

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* The fire An episode of ''Series/TheMysteryFilesOfShelbyWoo'' revolved around that destroyed Stella's apartment on ''Series/CSINewYork'' was thought episode's culprit burning down houses to be this trope when a corpse was discovered in a neighboring apartment. Subverted when hide the "murder victim" was found fact that they were illegally harboring endangered animals inside the houses.
* This has been done a few times in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Once,
to have cover up the death of [[spoiler: Jenny Shepard, who died of in California]], by making it look like an injured spleen from an unrelated unfortunate accident two days earlier, making its presence at home so that the newsmedia doesn't learn about the true cause of death. Another time, it is revealed that members of Moussad who are compromised will call in special teams that cover up evidence of the operative in question by staging a fire. In a third instance, a hostage is placed on a pressure plate that threatens to blow up everyone and everything in the room, including computer banks that contain considerable evidence if the hostage is removed (the hostage is safely removed in a manner referencing one of the Indiana Jones flicks and returned to safety, but the aforementioned evidence went up in smoke).
* ''Series/NewTricks'': In "In Vino Veritas", UCOS investigate the murder of a pub landlord who died in a fire at his pub. The landlord's dire financial situation led the police
at the time of to mark the fire a coincidence.
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': This is what
down as suspected arson and his death as suicide. However, the killer appears to have been attempting in "The Brewer's Daughter". [[spoiler:In reality, it landlord was the reverse. The killer set murdered and the fire [[spoiler:was started by his brother (who was not the murderer) to cover up evidence of other crimes that would have come time light if there was an investigation]].
* In ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Division uses this method to remove themselves from the scene of a crashed drug smuggling plane.
** Division also uses a large fire to cover up their involvement
in such [[spoiler: the murder of the Udinov family]].
** And Nikita herself uses this method [[spoiler:in the finale, to destroy her safehouse]].
* Attempted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' when
a top-secret mop-up mission [[spoiler:in China]] is to be obliterated by a bomb strike, conveniently also wiping out the agents tasked for the cleanup. The agents involved are not happy. (although the installation is totally destroyed, so that part of it succeeded)
** Also attempted in 2010, when shady government agents arrange a suicide bomb at a ferry terminal. [[spoiler:They succeed in killing Nathan Ingram, who was planning to meet a reporter and publicly reveal the existence of [[BenevolentAI the Machine]]. They do not succeed in killing the ''actual'' creator of the Machine, though to be fair, [[ProperlyParanoid he went out of his
way as to make it obvious it was arson as part of an elaborate frame-up.sure they didn't know he existed]]... and the blast left him with permanent injuries.]]
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Night of ** Team Machine discover a coded message from privacy terrorist group Vigilance written on the Coyote", wall of an apparently empty lockup in infrared paint. There's also a CCTV camera, a remotely activated trigger for the killer burns down a museum roller door and the sprinkler system has been converted to cover their theft spray everything [[BoobyTrap and everyone]] with gasoline. An electric lighter starts sparking away, but fortunately Reese turns up to rescue them before the whole place blows up.
* In the KoreanSeries ''Series/TwinkleTwinkle'' Granny's secret stash
of a specific item.
loan shark contracts, money, and object d'art are detroyed by fire at her hidden warehouse.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Grissom's Divine Comedy", a gang torches their leader's apartment ''Series/TheXFiles'''s pilot, Mulder's motel room is burned to the ground to destroy an evidence before of alien abductions in Oregon.
** In season 2 finale "Anasazi",
the [=CSIs=] can search it.Cigarette Smoking Man orders soldiers to burn down a boxcar with hybrid alien bodies. Mulder was inside of said boxcar as well.
** At the end of season 5, his and Scully's office is burned in a similar fashion.
31st Dec '16 12:28:46 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', the CIA attempt this, firing drones at the compound of an Afican warlord they've secretly been providing with weapons and ammo, despite at least one civilian - Comicbook/LoisLane - inside the compound. This is prevented by [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark]], who flies in and blows up the drones before the can reach their target. Also Subverted slightly earlier, as after Knyazev and [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] other goons shoot the rebels they are working with, they burn the bodies with flamethrowers, making it appear to be this trope - but it's really a FrameUp to make the world think that Superman, who's arriving to save Lois from the rebel warlord, killed the rebels with his [[EyeBeams heat vision]].
4th Dec '16 6:55:27 PM MadCormorant
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* It may be beneficial to note here that when it comes to human bodies, this trope is often averted in real life: house fires generally can't reach the temperatures that would be necessary to completely consume a human body, and any competent forensic pathologist would be able to tell whether a person died before or during a fire just by checking whether there's any soot or burns in the airway and lungs.
2nd Dec '16 7:41:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy smart enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.



* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when someone wants to try this but a more GenreSavvy conspirator points out just how [[RevealingCoverup suspicious]] that convenient fire would be. It can be found [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060802 here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060804 here]].

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when someone wants to try this but a more GenreSavvy cleverer conspirator points out just how [[RevealingCoverup suspicious]] that convenient fire would be. It can be found [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060802 here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060804 here]].
2nd Dec '16 7:41:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.
** Taken UpToEleven in [[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows the sequel]], where Moriarty has an assassination carried out, in which not only is the room where the crime took place destroyed, but everyone who was in the room at the time is killed in the blast. But Holmes manages to figure out that it was a cover to hide the shooting of the owner of a weapons factory (the owner himself was shot in the head by Col. Moran from the roof of a nearby building with a sniper rifle, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rather unnecessarily]], seconds before the explosion happened). The explosion covered up the shooting and hid the true motive for the attack.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.
** * Taken UpToEleven in [[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows the sequel]], ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', where Moriarty has an assassination carried out, in which not only is the room where the crime took place destroyed, but everyone who was in the room at the time is killed in the blast. But Holmes manages to figure out that it was a cover to hide the shooting of the owner of a weapons factory (the owner himself was shot in the head by Col. Moran from the roof of a nearby building with a sniper rifle, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rather unnecessarily]], seconds before the explosion happened). The explosion covered up the shooting and hid the true motive for the attack.
2nd Dec '16 5:55:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* A favourite method of ProfessionalKiller Wesley in the ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' novels by AndrewVachss. By bludgeoning his target to death, then burning down the entire building where they lived, the police would be faced with a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles mystery, not a single homicide.

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* A favourite method of ProfessionalKiller Wesley in the ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' novels by AndrewVachss.Creator/AndrewVachss. By bludgeoning his target to death, then burning down the entire building where they lived, the police would be faced with a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles mystery, not a single homicide.
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