KENNEWICK, Wash. - Teens setting fires is a problem in the Tri-Cities community.
Now leaders in the community are trying to combat the problem with a new program. The new program would work directly in some of the Kennewick schools and inform students that they could receive rewards for information for arson cases.
The Kennewick Fire Marshal Mark Yaden said the Tri-Cities has a higher number of teen arson cases compared to other communities in the country.
Yaden said teens set the majority of fires. He said there are over 200 unsolved arson cases in the Tri-Cities from the past two years.
He thinks a program in the schools could solve some of these cases.
Yaden said, "There is an effort here to really start a dialogue for teenagers as well ask about the problem and ask for their help."
And this problem is costing tax payers a lot of money. Fire leaders even have a student working as a bridge between the schools and the fire department.
High School Junior Brooklynn Watts said, "I want my peers my age group to know that this isn't a joke. It's not funny. We should be more respectful and be more law abiding."
Now they are hanging posters in the schools and around the community to let people know there are rewards for information in arson cases.