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The National Fire Protection Association reports that fires set by young children in the U.S. results in over 96,000 Fires, over 300 deaths, over 2,500 injuries, and over $280,000,000 in property damages.

Juvenile Arson

The FBI Crime Index reports that Juvenile and Adult Arsons cause an annual average of over 550,000 fires, almost 750 deaths, over 3,600 injuries and $1.5 billion in property loss. The Crime Index also says that 55% of all arson arrests in the U.S. are children under 18. Nearly half of these are ages 15 and under; 6.8% are under the age of 10. The crime of arson has the highest rate of juvenile involvement.

The Ypsilanti Township Fire Department has a Juvenile Fire Setter Counseling Program for boys and girls. The program is designed to be as comprehensive as is required for each case. There are multiple reasons why children set fires, including curiosity or possibly emotional or mental disturbances. Our program can help identify the reasons and may offer some solutions. The program includes one-on-one education and counseling sessions at the fire station. If you have a child who presents an abnormal curiosity or one who has actually set a fire, please contact us. We may be able to offer a program that can help address your concerns.


Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 544 - 4000

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