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  • Origin & Cause Determination
    • Scene Examination

Smoke Detector Technology and the Investigation of Fatal Fires

handThermal Effects on Materials Photo Catalog

handBurn Patterns Photo Catalog

Electricity and Fire, Section 14-1 and 14-9 through 14-12.2 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

Legal Considerations: Introduction, Authority to Conduct the Investigation, and Right of Entry, Sections 5-1, 5-2.1, and 5-2.2 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

"Hot Fires in Big Boxes" NFPA Journal, January/February 1998, p 50-54.

Examine all six sides of a scene. Fire and Arson Investigator. Vol 45 No 3 (March 1995). p 6-7.

handArson Investigation Basics: Reports and Documentation. from "Motive, Means and Opportunity."

"Fire Scene Investigation: The Daubert Challenge," Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire.

"Working the Fire Scene: Search and Seizure Issues," Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire.

Kirk's Fire Investigation, by John D. DeHaan. 1997 Ed. Simon & Schuster.

Examine Scene and Analyze Fire Flow

Reconstruct Scene

Eliminate Accidental Causes

    • Cause Determination

Cause Determination, Sections 12-2.1 through 12-6 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

Origin and Cause Analysis Involving Appliances, Sections 18-1 through 18-3.4 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

handThermal Effects on Materials Photo Catalog

handBurn Patterns Photo Catalog

"Origin & Cause: Legal Standard of Proof," Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire.

Reflections on the Cause and Origin. Fire and Arson Investigator. Vol 48, No. 1 (September 1997). p 8-9.

Cause Determination: A Guide for Fire Investigators. Firehouse. August 1995. p. 42+.

Make On-Scene Cause Determination

Eliminate Accidental Causes

    • Explosive Event Indicators
    • NFPA 921

"NFPA 921: A Double-Edged Sword," Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire.

NFPA 921: Where Do We Go From Here? Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire.

Excerpts from NFPA 921: Guide to Fire and Explosion Investigations, 1998 Edition. The following sections from 921 are reprinted in the Resource File:
3-1 through 3-3.3 Chemistry of Combustion
5-1 and 5-2 Legal Considerations: Introduction, Authority to Conduct the Investigation, and Right of Entry
5-3 Evidence
6-1 through 6-2.7 Planning the Investigation
6-4.1 Equipment and Facilities
6-5 Specialized Personnel and Technical Consultants
7-4.1, 7-4.2, and 7-4.3 Interviews
Sections 8-1 through 8-4.5 Recording the Scene
10-1 through 10-2.7 Safety
12-2.1 through 12-6 Cause Determination
14-1 and 14-9 through 14-12.2 Electricity and Fire
15-1 and 15-3 through 15-5 Investigation of Motor Vehicle Fires
18-1 through 18-3.4 Appliances

"NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations - Advisory Or Adversary?" Ward and Whitmore. July, 1996.

NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

NFPA 921: Now We're Talking. National Fire & Arson Report. Vol. 13, No. 3 (September 1995), p 1+.

The Importance of NFPA 921; A Documented Case. Fire Engineering. Vol. 147. No. 1 (January 1994), p 47-49+.

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