Tucson Offers Fire Setting Intervention for Youth

Two fires set this month by young children destroyed two homes, but there were no serious injuries. The fires were one week apart. Tucson Fire Department (TFD) officials say both fires were started by 5-year-old children, and it's rare to see two within a period of a week.

Meanwhile, TFD offers two classes through its Youth Fire Setting Intervention Program. One class is provided to youth offenders ages 8 and older, including those who have been ordered by the courts to attend a fire setting intervention class. The class is open to children who have displayed an interest in fire setting or actively engaged in fire play behavior. It is mandatory that a parent or legal guardian attend the class with their child. The other class is for children 7 years old and under who have developed a curiosity in fire setting or played with fire.

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