Increase in fires set by kids


ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Kids starting small fires in their backyard or at a local park might not seem all that harmful, but those with the Albert Lea Fire Department are stressing the dangers of smaller fires.

According to the Minnesota’s State Fire Marshal Division, last year there were 386 fires that were set by youth throughout the state. Most of them start because the child is playing with a lighter.

Capt. Mark Light says that kids tend to be more curious about fires than adults and that kids often times don’t realize the danger of the situation.

“Kids don’t necessarily realize the consequences of their actions and that this little fire over here may grow into a building fire because of the proximity and the materials,” said Light. “So we want to keep it from getting to a point where anyone gets injured.”

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