CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 05, 1978
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(Studio) Law Enforcement Assistance Admin. report with regard to rise in arson cases noted. Damage estimated. Low convictions per number of cases noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Film of fires, include Seattle, WA, 1975 film shown. Seattle reporter Ward Lucas experience cited. [LUCAS - talks with arsonist by telephone with regard to fee for burning building] Arson statistics on screen. [New York City hired arsonist's VOICE - describes methods.] Reasons for arson listed as profit, welfare fraud, revenge, vandalism, pyromania. [National Fire Control Admin. Victor PALUMBO - speaks of arson as welfare fraud.] [WOMAN - excitedly chgs. arson in fire situation.] [San Francisco fire chief Andrew CASPER - cites easy availability of matches.] [INVESTIGATOR and TENANTS - discuss possible pyromaniac.] [VOICE - notes fatalities from arson.] Casualties cited. [Arson VICTIM - discusses fire horror.] [CASPER - notes difficulty of solving arson crime.] Insurance aspects noted; incrd. costs due to arson cited. Anti-arson television commercial shown from Seattle, WA. New York City anti-arson efforts reported.
REPORTER: Steve Young
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