Cleveland Fire Service says that arson attacks cost Teesside's economy nearly 17 million pounds a year. Around three quarters of all fires dealt with by the brigade are started deliberately.
The price of putting out the blaze, as well as destroyed property and possessions, costs the borough more than 300 thousand pounds a week. Today the service launched an awareness campaign to coincide with the school holidays, a time when incidents of arson tend to increase.
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