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Phoenix Fire Department arson statistics called into question after investigation

A year-long investigation by KPNX-12 News’ Wendy Halloran revealed that innocent people were arrested and criminally charged in connection with arson fires that turned out not to be arson. Now the Phoenix Fire Department is no longer boasting it has the highest arson clearance rates in the country. The series of investigative reports triggered an internal affairs investigation of the arson unit director, the canine handler and another captain who admitted he arrested a woman solely because she was the homeowner.

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