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"Fact Sheet on Arson Fires and Church Fires in the U.S.A." Fire Safety News Source. National Fire Protection Association. (U.S.GPO:1996-722-299/83611), 1996.

Abstract: Provides facts on arson and church fires in the U.S. Some facts include:

  • Arson is America's #1 fire cause for property damage, causing more than $2 billion of direct damages in a typical year.
  • There are more than 500,000 reported fires per year that are estimated to be arson
  • Arson and associated losses have declined for most of the past two decades.
  • Churches and related properties are not a major part of the U.S. arson problem (less than 1% of reported incendiary or suspicious structure fires). However, arson is the leading cause of fire in churches (1 out of 4 reported church property fires). The trend in church arsons is down.
  • There is no typical church arsonist.

For more information, contact:
The NFPA Library at (617) 984-7445 or e-mail library@nfpa.org

 
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