Solving Suspicious Fires
Officials Work On Suspected Arson Cases In County
Posted: September 15, 2013 at 5 a.m.
Firefighters arrived at 11887 Malone Road in Highfill too late to save the abandoned house. The roof and walls were gone. So they watched that hot July day as the remnants burned.
At A Glance
Dian Williams, the president of the Arson Research Center, described five types of adult arsonists:
• Mentally ill: They have delusions where they believe voices convince them to set fires. They can be treated with proper care and medication.
• Revenge: They start setting fires about 11 or 12 years old. They are motivated by getting even with the victim by destroying something important, and they don’t care if the victim knows who set the fire. The behavior usually lasts a lifetime.
• Fraud: Their crimes are financially motivated and insurance is usually involved.
• Disordered coping: They have been setting fires since they were 3 or 4 years old and they set fires to feel better. They are often sex offenders.
• Trophy: They set fires for the thrill and often inject themselves into a fire scene. Their behavior tends to be lifelong.
Source: Staff Report
Incendiary fires in Benton in 2013. Green indicates an arrest made
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