Firefighting News: Arson Epidemic in Detroit - Fire Engineering

The understaffed Detroit (MI) Fire Department is having a difficult time keeping up with investigating the thousands of arsons reported in the city each year. A news report from WXYZ ( states that, Detroit currently only has six certified arson investigators, although the department is budgeted for 16. Despite their best efforts, these well-trained investigators can't begin to tackle the city's overwhelming work load. "I think people just kind of say it's just another fire and they think they can get away with it, and a lot of times, unfortunately, that is true," Detroit Fire Captain Charles Simms told reporters. The report from Detroit comes on the heels o...

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