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Alert to bosses on arson risk.

FIRMS are being warned that three quarters of all fires in the Midlands are thought to have been caused by arsonists.

And nearly 400 public sector delegates have been learning how they can avoid the risk to life and the cost of a blaze on their property.

The Association of Local Authority Risk Managers (Alarm) has been holding its conference at Warwick University and passing on lessons to bosses and heads of local authorities.

West Midlands Fire Service divisional officer Bill Gough held a workshop examining the threat of arson.

He urged the authorities to be proactive in the fight against arson, using intervention, investigation and education.

Mr Gough said: ''By far the greatest promise lies in the growing will of everybody who has been has been affected to do something about arson.''

David Fleetwood, Alarm chairman, said many authorities and firms were surprised at the scale of arson.

''It is obviously of concern to everyone,'' he said. ''It is not just local authorities, but also businesses, insurers and other related businesses.''

The conference, held at Warwick on Monday and Tuesday, also addressed other risks including the Year 2000 bug.
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Date:Apr 16, 1999
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