Northlanders Can Help Prevent Arson Fires

By KBJR News 1

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northlands Newscenter)
-- Twin-Ports Fire Crews have been busy this year. In both Duluth and Superior, arson fires have sprung up randomly, and frequently.

A trailer home in Superior is a total loss after fire ripped through its interior early Sunday morning.

"Top to bottom, front to back it was fire," said Fire Investigator in Superior David Johnson.

Authorities say this blaze is arson. It's one of many criminal acts involving fire in the Twin-Ports this year.

"We had a rash of them earlier summer, late spring," said Duluth Fire Marshall Jim Reed.

"This year has been a really tough year for arson fire. For whatever reason people are setting fires to different types of properties," said Johnson.

Authorities say that while some intentionally light fires for pay back, and other for criminal reasons, many just like to watch the fire.

"People just have an interest in burning things. They just like to watch things burn," says Reed.

There are some common factors linking the majority of arson fires in 2012 from which people can learn to help prevent further property loss. A lot of these fires have been in structures and cars that are unlocked. This gives the arsonist reign to do whatever he or she wants unless the public locks up, and keeps a watchful eye in the late night to early morning hours.

"Motion sensing lights are a big deterrent to crime. So keep a light on or have a motion sensing light," said Reed.

"In particular at night pay attention to your surroundings. If you get up in the middle of the night for whatever reason take a look out the window. If you hear something, get up and take a look at what's going on in your neighborhood," said Johnson.

And if you do see something out of the ordinary, call 911, right away.

Authorities will not confirm if this most recent arson fire is linked to the flurry of other arsons earlier in the summer.

Zach Vavricka

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