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Arson investigators meet in Stevens Point

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More than 200 arson investigators from around Wisconsin and the Midwest are in Stevens Point. They are taking part in a conference hosted by the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Arson Investigators.

It is a chance to share ideas and take part in training sessions.

Arson investigators and members of the insurance industry are on hand for the training.

They tell Newsline 9 there has been an increase in arson.  Dave Fladten says, "More and more people are committing arson because they can't keep up with their mortgages or they don't want other additional expenses."

Arson is a deadly and costly crime. Nationwide government reports show hundreds of lives are lost and over a billion dollars lost due to fires that are intentionally set.

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