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Karl Newman, President
Sandi Henke, Communications Director      
NW Insurance Council    
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Arson: you can help put out the flames

SEATTLE – Every year, arson takes a devastating toll on people and property in Northwest communities. The U.S. Senate calls arson the nation's fastest growing and most costly crime against property. Some estimates place arson growth over the past decade at more than 400 percent.

But, there is something you can do to help put out the flames.  The Arson Alarm Foundation, in conjunction with the NW Insurance Council, provides a $10,000 award fund each year to distribute to individuals who aid in investigations that lead to an arrest or conviction of a suspected arsonist. 

Arson Alarm has awarded nearly $100,000 in the past 10 years.  Assistance from citizens during that span has led to the arrest and/or conviction of many arsonists.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, arsonists kill nearly 800 people, injure thousands and damage more than $2 billion worth of property annually. 

“We are taking action to stop the devastation,” said Wes Bye, Arson Alarm President.  “People who come forward with information that leads to the arrest or conviction of an arsonist are eligible for up to $10,000 in rewards this year.”

Arson can ravage a family or community with one strike of a match. Arson is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths and accounts for approximately 25 percent of all fires in the United States, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Arson hurts everybody, either directly or indirectly,” said Karl Newman, executive director of the NW Insurance Council. “We’re committed to stopping arson in communities across the state.  We’re asking everyone to help us save lives.”

If you have information about a suspected arson, please call the Arson Alarm Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous. 

For a free brochure, Put the Heat on Arson, call the NW Insurance Council at 800-664-4942, or 206-624-3330.

The Arson Alarm Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to reduce loss of life and property by increasing arson awareness.

NW Insurance Council is a nonprofit, public-education organization funded by member insurance companies serving Washington, Oregon and Idaho. 

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