Burning Truth

Do Firefighters Like to Set Fires? [Arizona's Rodeo fire]

Arson, an environmentalist in the Northwest declared confidently in newspaper accounts after the arrests, is wildfire fighters’ “dirtiest little secret.”

A former fire department engineer in Arizona told a reporter that most arson fires were started by active or retired firefighters — a fact he said he had learned in his training.

But forensic experts who study arsonists say there is no evidence to support the idea that firefighters are any more prone to sparking fires than anyone else. NY Times