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(1997) found arson constituted 10 percent of the causes of such fires in 1955, compared

to 30 percent in 1997. Further Bryan found most dormitory fires involving fatalities

occurred between 1:00 am and 7:00 am. The causes of fires in dormitory, fraternity, and

sorority houses are illustrated in the chart below:

Causes of Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, and Sororities

Other Appliances Open Flame Electrical Other Heat Other Equipment Smoking Cooking Incendiary

0%

10%

20%

30%

40%

According to the Fresno Fire Department’s records management system, no

incidents of arson at the dormitories of CSUF were found to have occurred from 1993 to

2003. However, according to a special report in 1997, the Fresno Fire Department

reported average structure fire losses of over 15 million dollars annually between 1990

and 1996 (Smith, 1997). Structure fire loss due to arson averaged almost five million

dollars annually. Arson accounted for almost 33 percent of the structure fire losses in

Fresno during this time. In 2001, the Fresno Fire Department reported a total property

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