TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fire safety experts believe that teaching children at a young age the dangers of playing with fire can help prevent them from experimenting with it when they become older.
"The saying is, big fires start small, and that is exactly it," said retired State fire Marshal, Rick Shepard.
Shepard should know. He investigated fire scenes large and small during his 26 year career.
"Juvenile fire setting is reported to be about 50 percent of all human involved fires," he stated. "It is a real big issue. That is why we have the statewide fire setter program."