What is the Real Cost of Arson?
All arson fires are crimes against people, even if the intended target is a vacant building, trash or woods. These fires must be controlled and extinguished
by firefighters; and therefore, human life is endangered whenever a fire is set. Certainly, a major blaze in an occupied apartment building is much more severe
than a small fire set in a field. However, every year firefighters are killed or injured in responding to or combating small, open air fires.
The value of the property destroyed by the fire; the cost of firefighting supplies and staff to control and extinguish the fire; the cost of insurance coverage
on the property.
The loss of tax revenue, since the property may be taken off the tax rolls; the welfare or unemployment costs of the workers put out of work, even if the building
is rebuilt; the medical expenses of civilians and firefighters injured by the fire; the disability retirement costs of injured civilians and firefighters; increased