I try to keep track of the fires in my town, because there's a good chance they'll be referred to me, and I want to have an idea about their culpability.
Sometimes, it's something they had little control over--- like squirrels getting in the attic chewing through the wiring.
Sometimes, it's something that may or may not be their fault-- like having a non-electrician run your wiring to save costs. Then the question becomes, "Whose house was it? Who made that decision?" etc.
Other times, it's something directly related to their carelessness--- like disposing of cigarettes improperly, knocking over a candle because their electricity has been shut off, etc.
It's also interesting, because sometimes you run into information that doesn't quite match what's being applied for. Like, for example, there was a certain house fire in town. Two of the high school kids were talking about how their friend used to live there, and she lost her band instrument in the fire. However, when the dad and mom were applying for a little 1/1 garage apartment-- there was no mention of any children. So while it's plausible that the family had been split up amongst relatives during this difficult time of recovery, it was equally plausible that they were hiding additional occupants because they were desperate for a place, and didn't want to get turned down due to too many people. So you're able to work certain things into the conversation and see how they respond, and gauge it against what you already know.
It's not something you can pull off in a big city--- but I do like it when the grapevine works in my favor. :) --96.46.xxx.xx