BRFD: Number of fires caused by children increasing

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The cause of the most recent fire in Baton Rouge is becoming a noticeable trend, according to city fire officials.

Investigators say there has been an increase in fires started by children between 2009 and 2013.  According to fire officials, four fires were caused by children in 2009; however, in 2013, that number jumped to ten.

The most recent was on Friday, May 30th, on Gouchaux Street. Officials said most of these fires occur in the summer months when children are home and have no activities to take part in. They say this is a good reason for parents to discuss fire prevention with their kids.

"A lot of times, kids are very curious and looking for things that might attract their attention. Even if it's good or bad," said Mark Miles of the Baton Rouge Fire Department. "Kids will be kids sometimes, but we are trying to train them or teach them to do a better job."

Watch our broadcast on 9News at 10 to see how one local parent is keeping his son occupied and safe this summer.

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