Exclusive: Analysis finds favelas hit by fire in São Paulo have land values 76% higher than average, casting new doubt on official explanation of poor housing

A spate of fires in the favelas of São Paulo in recent years appears to be concentrated on more expensive land, a Guardian Cities and Agência Pública investigation can reveal.

The finding is likely to further concerns that many fires are being started deliberately, despite a controversial parliamentary commission in 2012 on the matter which ended inconclusively.

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