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Ultimately there needs to be further discussion on how to better improve safety during these events. That discussion should result in national consensus standards such as NFPA 1451 and 1500 incorporating provisions for these programs. To simply hope nothing bad happens is not an option that any fire department can afford to take.
A US federal jury acquitted a man charged with arranging to start a fire that destroyed a pizza restaurant, but he may still be punished for that crime through something called "acquitted-conduct sentencing."