Officials Search for Arson Clues in Calif. Fires 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.
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Officials Search for Arson Clues in Calif. Fires

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