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Cairo Fire Investigation

Cairo Fire Investigation

Cairo, IL -- On Friday, prosecutors filed charges against 22-year-old Pristine Henderson.  They believe, she started a string of fires in Cairo.  The charges include arson, residential arson, attempted arson, and burglary.

Heartland News talked to Henderson's mother.  She's not making excuses for what prosecutors say Henderson did, but she is doing what most every parent might do in this situation, she's coming to her daughter's defense.

Annetta Collier tells KFVS the same thing her father told us several days ago, that Henderson suffers from post-partum depression and she was off her medication when the fires broke out Wednesday, but she says, her daughter could not have started all five fires.  Including some that happened over the weekend.  Annetta says, Henderson was in Oklahoma City when the weekend fires broke out.
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Fire Facts
  • In 1992 fire departments in the United States responded to 1,964,500 fires.
  • There were 637,500 structure fires in 1992, of which 472,000 occurred in residences. There were 922,000 "outside property" (not in structures) fires in 1992.
  • In 1999, there were 523,000 structure fires, 74% of which were in homes. There were 3,570 fire deaths, 81% of them in homes.
  • Property damage from fires was over 10 billion dollarsover half of which was residential property.
  • Fire deaths peak from the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. These fires often smolder for several hours, then suddenly produce large quantities of smoke and open flames.
  • About 100 firefighters are killed each year in duty-related incidents.
  • Between 1994 and 1998, an average of 4,400 people lost their lives and another 25,100 were injured annually as the result of fire.

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