• These guys set fire to an old house.
  • These guys set an old house on fire.
  • Is there any difference in meaning in the two sentences above?

On fire is usually used of a building or vehicle which is burning, while you can set fire to anything combustible, including an object small enough to hold. So, in the case of a house, there is no difference in meaning.

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