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.