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The sizzling temperatures and sweltering weather may have some of us thinking about unchecked fires, but it appears that arsonists prefer slightly cooler weather to undertake their crimes: April, to be exact, at least according to the Uniform Crime Report of 2014 (the last year for which data was available).

The most common targets of arsonists were structures (55 percent), with single-occupancy residences accounting for 23 percent of the structures torched.

Arsonists tended to be men (80 percent) and predominantly white men (72 percent). Juveniles accounted for 42 percent of arson arrests.

All told, arson destroyed $9 million worth of property. The average residential loss was $25,051; commercial/industrial losses averaged $17,090.

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