Leadership

Juvenile Arsonist Finally Caught

Issue 10 and Volume 101.

Juvenile Arsonist Finally Caught An example of the difficulties of detecting arson, and catching and convicting the fire setter is furnished by this terse report from Fire Chief Frank Burns, Grand Rapids, Mich. On September 3, 1947, at 3:45 P.M., a fire occurred in a garage at 342 Paris avenue, Grand Rapids, resulting in slight damage. Origin of this fire appeared questionable and the fire department officials carefully investigated the circumstances, aided by detectives McPhilamy and McGraudy of the local detective bureau. This investigation resulted in the conclusion that the fire was set, probably by a child. One month later to a day (Oct. 3, 1947 at 5:44 P.M.) a second fire occured in another garage, at 271 Paris avenue, under similar circumstances. Again the departments investigated. Their search continued, and in the following month, three more garage fires were reported, all on November 4, 1947. These were at 516…

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