Barry, Donald. Examine all six sides of a scene. Fire and Arson Investigator.
Vol 45 No 3 (March 1995). p 6-7.
Abstract: This article discusses the need to ensure you look at
ALL areas around a fire scene, paying particular attention to the role that
the roof or areas above the fire might have played in the fire. As an example,
the author asks if what appears to be an obvious flammable liquids pour
pattern on the floor was, instead, caused by something from above melting
and dripping down on the floor, as mentioned in NFPA 921, Guide to Fire
and Explosion Investigations.
The role that a roof fire might play in fire spread is something to be
The classification of a fire scene as "suspicious" versus "incendiary"
is also covered.
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