"House on Fire" is the nineteenth episode of Season Four and the 84th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is summoned to Indiana by local authorities when an escalating serial arsonist threatens the residents of a small town by setting fire to crowded community meeting places.

Guest Cast

  • Charlene Amoia - Nancy Scott
  • Sam Anderson - Doctor Rawlings
  • Jon Barton - SWAT Leader
  • Marc Bossley - Fire Captain Daniel Wales
  • Gary Castro Churchwell - Jason Elliott
  • Mark Costello - Gary Grimshaw
  • Mark Daneri - Minister
  • Tommy Dewey - Tommy Wheeler
  • Heidi Fecht - Michelle Smith[1]
  • Marcy Goldman - Linda Grimshaw
  • Janet Haley - Woman
  • Aaron Hart - Jesse Smith
  • Drew James - Young Tommy Wheeler
  • Joel Johnstone - Van Hawkins
  • Shannon Lucio - Tina Wheeler
  • Tiz McWilliams - Cathy Duncan
  • Betsy McIntyre - Windy Kennedy
  • Tabitha Morella - Teen Girl
  • Nichole Porges - Young Tina Wheeler
  • J.J. Pyle - Alice Starrett
  • Anna Roberts - Hilda Drake
  • Michael Rooker - Chief Brad Carlson
  • Michael Sidisin, Jr. - John Clayton
  • A.J. Smitrovich - Rick Bradford
  • Michael Villani - Chief Tom Schultz

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: Tennessee Williams said, "We all live in a house on fire. No fire department to call, no way out."
  • Aaron Hotchner: "I have loved to the point of madness; that which is called madness, that which to me, is the only sensible way to love." – Françoise Sagan



  1. Credited as "Mother"

Criminal Minds Episodes
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