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Fire department has special program for kids who like to set fires

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BATON ROUGE - The fire department is using the nine fires set by juveniles in 2015 to discuss its juvenile fire-setters program.

The program is designed for children two-years-old to 16 who have a curiosity with fire or have set fire to an object.  An investigator mentors the child about the dangers of setting fires.

"If you notice your child has a desire to play with matches, or curiosity about fire they can be recommended for this program," department spokesperson Mark Miles said.

The program lasts between six months and two years, depending on the severity of the situation. Miles says it's an educational effort that is affects the entire family.

"The adult or parent or guardian, may sometimes need more training in fire safety than the juvenile does," he said. "Sometimes we educate the family when we're educating the child, as well."

Monday night, a 58-year-old man died in a fire set by his son.  It was the ninth blaze started by a child.

But, that number could actually be greater, Miles said, because some fires are never reported. The fire department stresses a child's interest in fire is not something that should be taken lightly and children should be educated about the dangers of flames.

"Our whole thing is to educate," said Miles. "To prevent fire death, loss of property, just so we're all educated in this matter."

For more information about this program, call the Baton Rouge Fire Department at (225) 354-1410.


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