Ben Smith's scarred body stands as a warning to anyone who plays with fire

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Ben Smith's scarred body is a visual reminder of the grave consequences of fire to children fascinated by flames.

"In the metro area some 44 per cent of bushfires are suspicious in terms of how they've started, and then statewide it's almost 30 per cent," he said of this bushfire season.

"But there is a growing sense of outrage and people being uncomfortable with the actions of arsonists. Now a father to a five-month-old son, he said he wished he had been shown the consequences of his actions. "But I think if my son was like that, I would take him into a burns ward in a children's hospital and just show him. I think that would set him straight."

 

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