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Question: why do poeple set fires

Asked by spencer to Rae, Lynnette, Kevin, Jim, Ed on 8 Oct 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Kevin FosterKevin Foster answered on 7 Oct 2010:

    There are lots of reasons why people set fire to things and from my profile you will guess that it is something that really annoys me. My uncle, along with 2 colleagues, was nearly killed trying to put out a fire in a department store that was started deliberately. a wall collapsed just as they had moved out of the area, had he stayed there for a few moments longer he would not have lived to tell the tale.

    Sadly Spencer there are a small number of people who actually get a kick out of burning things regardless of the impact on others. Others like the sight of Fire Engines turning up and forget that if they are wasting time on a fire started deliberately they may not be able to attend a real fire nearby. The Fire Service works with the Police to both prosecute those who set fire to things and to try and educate them as to the impact of their behaviour.

    It is also important that efforts are made to clear rubbish from the streets that can be set fire to, as well as ensuring there are more productive things to do in the local area so that boredom does not lead to fires being set on the basis of being “something to do”.


  • Photo: Ed RuaneEd Ruane answered on 7 Oct 2010:

    I think some people set fires for various reasons, some do it out of simple curiousity to see whats its like, while others do it with the sole intention of destroying property.

    I remember when I was at school many years ago the Police used to come in and show us a video and give us information about the danger of fires, I can still remember some of those images even today they were that horrible…it worked though as I really understood the danger of fire and how quickly fire can spread and go out of control.


  • Photo: Jim O'BoyleJim O'Boyle answered on 7 Oct 2010:

    Because they are idiots.


  • Photo: Lynnette KellyLynnette Kelly answered on 8 Oct 2010:

    A very good question. I don’t know, and I wish they wouldn’t.


  • Photo: Rachel LancasterRachel Lancaster answered on 8 Oct 2010:

    There may be many reasons why young people set fire to things:
    Out of Curiosity or by accident
    As a Cry-for-help: they may have problems in their life and use fire to draw attention to a stress in their life
    Or they could just be delinquent fire-setters who often show little empathy for others
    I don’t have all the answers I just know its wrong. It puts themselves and others at risk and destroys property



  • Photo: DavidDavid commented on 7 Oct 2010:

    It may have a genetic basis, and be a real illness. Or just showing off by people failing in life. Either way, it should be trested very seriously indeed.