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City marks National Arson Awareness Week May 6-12

Post Date:05/11/2018 11:04 AM

As we mark National Arson Awareness Week May 6-12, we encourage local residents to report suspicious activity and be on the lookout for those who attempt to commit arson-related crimes.

Fire Chief Larry Couch told PCB City Councilmen Thursday that more than 1,000 of the 3,700 fires last year in Florida were arson-related. These fires resulted in 62 injuries, 38 fatalities and more than $23.4 million in property damage. The PCB fire department is focusing on arson in vacant buildings and those that lead to wildfires.

Since the beginning of 2018, arsonists have started approximately 235 wildfires in Florida that have burned more than 4,620 acres. The willful, malicious or intentional burning of forest, grass or woodlands not owned by the person burning is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, five years in prison or both.

To report arson or any fire, call 9-1-1.

Arson Awareness Week in Florida is part of a nationwide initiative to educate the public on the important role of community arson awareness and how it can and does play into preventing this dangerous crime.

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