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Officials Search for Arson Clues in Calif. Fires

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Officials Search for Arson Clues in Calif. Fires

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Of the dozens of fires that have swept across Southern California in October, investigators believe that two may have been set deliberately. Experts discuss the motivations of arsonists, and a fire investigator explains how he determines whether a fire has been deliberately set.

Guests:

N.G. Berill, Ph.D., forensic psychologist, director of New York Forensics, a psychiatric consulting

Capt. Tom Propst, public information officer for the Glendale, Calif. Fire Department

Paul Schwartzman, mental health counselor who works with teen fire setters in Fairport, New York