Pearl, MS -(WLBT)- Arson investigators from around the state had some on the job training in Rankin County Friday night. You can clearly hear the air bag exploding in the burning car at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Pearl.
140 investigators from agencies, state and county governments see first hand how quickly a car can go up in flames and what they need to look for to determine arson. According to the Insurance Institute arsonists destroyed nearly 900 million dollars in insured property and killed 295 people nationwide in 2007. State Fire Marshal and Insurance Commissioner, Mike Chaney says from October of last year through September 30th of this year, his office has investigated 46 vehicle arson fires in Mississippi.
"Arson cases are up about 25 to 30 percent over the last, same period over the last year and our goal is to reduce arson cases and let the public know that we're serious about stopping arson in this state. If you stop arson you reduce insurance rates on automobiles and homes in this state and that's our goal", said Chaney.
13 arson arrests have been made so far. This training is sponsored by Geico Insurance. This is the second class for arson investigators in the last two years.
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