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US Fire Administration Declares this Week Arson Awareness Week

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The US Fire Administration has declared this week "Arson Awareness Week" raising awareness of how to fight arson.

Five percent of residential building fires are set on purpose.

The fire administration says there are many different motivations for people setting buildings on fire.

A major one is curiosity on the part of children and teens.

Just recently the Kennewick Fire Department had two kids pour gasoline in a fire pit and light it, only to have the flames follow a trail back to the gas container and light that on fire too.

There are other reasons like vandalism, concealing other crimes, and just for the excitement.

Firefighters say you can protect yourself from arson by clearing out bushes that obstruct the view of your house from the street, keep the outside of your house lit, and cleaning up anything flammable in your yard.

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