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Rowe, Frank M., et al. Fire Death Investigation: Preparation and Cooperation. April 1984.

Abstract: This research paper provides basic crime scene investigation techniques for the investigation of fatal fires. Scene security is the investigator's first priority. All onlookers should be prohibited from the scene and overhaul should be kept o a minimum. All evidence should be preserved until the entire scene has been photographed and documented.

The body should not be moved until the pathologist has examined the body. The body must be moved under supervision of the pathologist so nothing is damaged. The pathologist's examination of the body will yield important information. The identity of the victim, the cause of death, and the time of death can all be determined by the autopsy. This paper explains how the pathologist will reach some if his conclusions.

Once the body has been removed, the investigator should photograph the scene again. The investigator should then begin examination of the fire scene to determine the cause of the fire.

 
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