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