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Cal-Fire is encouraging the public to Report Suspicious fire Activity.
According to the United States Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States. These fires result in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries, and $593 million in property loss each year. Cal-Fire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant reminds of last week’s intentionally set fire in Shirland Tract.
Berlant says there are steps you can take to prevent arson.
The average dollar loss for an intentionally set fire in a residential building is $21,320. The fatality rate for intentionally set residential fires was more than twice that of other residential building fires.
The public is encouraged to call the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline, 1-800-468-4408, if suspicious activity is observed. Rewards of up to $10,000 are available for information leading to an arrest and conviction of persons responsible for committing the crime of arson within State jurisdiction.