"The danger of fire is greater than ever because of the high number of petroleum-based building materials. Fires burn quicker and hotter and smoke is more toxic than in the past because of these materials. In the hands of juveniles, fire can be deadly. Whether the child or adolescent was playing, experimenting, or purposely setting fires, firesetting is extremely costly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2008, children misusing fire started an estimated 53,500 fires reported to fire departments, causing an estimated 70 civilian deaths, 910 civilian injuries, and $279 million in direct property loss. In addition to the dangers of firesetting, many parents are unaware that juveniles can be prosecuted for starting a fire once he or she reaches his or her State's age of accountability."
Coffee Break Training - Fire Prevention and Public Education Series No. FM-2011-4
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/