DETROIT
10/02/2012 07:53 am ET

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Arson Unit Could Be Snuffed

DETROIT — On Friday, Detroit firefighters congregated at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit to watch the documentary "Burn" about the Detroit Fire Department and how its members deal with 30,000 fire calls per year in the cash-strapped city.

The thousands of vacant homes and buildings are a beacon for firebugs looking to commit arson and account for many of the department's calls.Federal Bureau of Investigation-reported arson crime in Detroit increased more than 70 percent between 2009 and 2010 and leveled out thereafter.

Conversely the city's ability to investigate and prosecute such crime is on the decline.

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