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Arson in America: Data shows arsons not reported to federal government, and its links to foreclosure

Arson in America: Data shows arsons not reported to federal government, and its links to foreclosure

Arson in America is much more common than is reported by the U.S. government, Scripps News found in a yearlong national investigation.

Most acts of arson in America go unreported to the federal government, the investigation found.

Scripps News conducted an audit of arson fires reported in 9 sample cities and uncovered an alarming rate of deliberate fires that were not reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System – or NFIRS. Select a city below to see the discrepancy between what NFIRS said was arson and what a Scripps audit found.

One response to “Arson in America: Data shows arsons not reported to federal government, and its links to foreclosure

  1. Mama noticed the arson reports were way up locally. She thought maybe there was a wild firebug kid. The foreclosure angle makes more sense.

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