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  • Arson Basics

The Future of Fire Investigation (PDF Format)

Learning from Experience

handArson Investigation Basics. from "Motive, Means and Opportunity."

handNFPA Journal Index 1991-1999. (index of all ariticles published) National Fire Protection Association.

"Arson from A to Z," Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire (1998)

"Anatomy of an Arson Case," Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire (1998)

"The Truth About Arson," NFPA Journal, November/December 1998, p 59-67.

The fire scene as a crime scene. Rogers, Dennis. September 1996.

Top 10 reasons why prosecutors reject arson cases. Beering, Peter S. August 1995.

Arson and Explosives National Repository

"The Arson Set," from Kirk's Fire Investigation, 4/E by John D. DeHaan.

ATF Arson Investigation Guide. U.S. Department of the Treasury. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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

TR-076 The World Trade Center Bombing: Report and Analysis, February 26, 1993, a compilation of 24-plus articles on this incident originally published in Fire Engineering, December 1993

  • Fire and Arson Statistics

handFire in the US & Canada

handFire Problem in Vacant Buildings

handHome Fire Statistics

handMultiple Fatality Home Fires

U.S. Firefighter Deaths Reach Ten-Year Peak

U.S. Experience with Smoke Alarms and Other Fire Alarms

The 1998 U.S. Fire Problem Overview Report

Facts about Fire

2000 Arson Report

  • Fire Dynamics

Heat Release: A Brief Primer

The Future of Fire Investigation (PDF Format)

Chemistry of Combustion, Sections 3-1 through 3-3 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

Fire and Fire Investigation Terms Glossary, Management for Arson Prevention and Control.

Deflagration vs. Detonation, John D. DeHaan, Ph.D.

Flashover, John D. DeHaan, Ph.D.

Quintiere, James G. Principles of Fire Behavior. Delmar Publishers (www.firesci.com), 1998.

  • Fire Modeling

What's New at ATF - New Fire Research Labortory

The Future of Fire Investigation (PDF Format)

NIST Simulator Provides New Picture of LODDs

NIST Fire Dynamics at Cherry Road (PDF Format)

"Computer Fire Models," Putorti, Anthony D., Jr. 1998.

"Fire Modeling," from Kirk's Fire Investigation, by John D. DeHaan. 1997 Ed. Simon & Schuster. Chap 17, p. 420.

"Messes, Mustard, Masterpieces, High Tech Hunting, Gathering & Packaging for Fire Investigation," The Hooser Hot Spots, Fall 1991, P15

"NSPII - Using Computers and Technology in Insurance Investigation: Internet & Beyond"

"Computer Connection for Fire Investigation," Investigator's Digest, National Fire & Arson Report, Vol. 13 No2 p10

Approaching arson investigations armed with facts, science and a computer. February 1994.

Computer modeling and the fire investigator. Burton, Gareth C.; McDowell, Jean L. March 1998.

  • Fire Patterns

The Future of Fire Investigation (PDF Format)

handInterpreting Fire Patterns: Annotated Photographs of Common Patterns, Robert A. Corry.

Chemistry of Combustion, Section 3-1 through 3-3 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

Electricity and Fire, Section 14-11 and 14-9 thorugh 14-12.2 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

Putorti, Anthony D. Jr. (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Full Scale Room Burn Pattern Study. U.S. Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice. December 1997.

 

  • Building Construction

California Court Finds Stripped Mobile Home Sufficient to Support Arson of Structure

Alabama Supreme Court Finds Cause of Fire is a Jury Question

Brannigan, Francis L. Building Construction for the Fire Service. Third Edition. National Fire Protection Association. 1992.

TR-069 Wood Truss Roof Collapse Claims Two Firefighters, Memphis, Tennessee, December 1992

TR-077 Four Firefighters Die in Seattle Warehouse Fire, Seattle, Washington, January 1995

TR-004 Schomberg Plaza Fire, New York City (Harlem), March 1987

TR-014 Ramada Inn Air Crash and Fire, Wayne Township, Indiana, October 1987

TR-028 Eight Children and Two Adults Die in Rural House Fire, Remer, Minnesota, January 1989

TR-071 New York City Bank Building Fire: Compartmentation vs. Sprinklers, New York, January 1993

TR-072 Nine-Fatality Apartment House Fire, Ludington, Michigan, February 1993

TR-105 Old Buckingham Station, Chesterfield, Virginia, May 1995

TR-063 Indianapolis Athletic Club Fire, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 1992 Chester, Pennsylvania, December 1992

TR-087 Two Firefighter Deaths in Auto Parts Store Fire, Chesapeake, Virginia

TR-121 Kona Village Apartments Fire, Bremerton, WA

 

  • Fatal Fire Investigation

handMultiple Fatality Home Fires

Alabama Supreme Court Finds Cause of Fire is a Jury Question

Florida Court Reinstates Arson Charge

Sixth Circuit Allows Claim For Failure to Advise Fire Was Arson

New York Court Reverses Judgment Based on Recent Gas Work

Connecticut Upholds Arson Murder Conviction Allowing Expert Testimony on Injuries Only Caused to Skin Burned Away

U.S. Firefighter Deaths Reach Ten-Year Peak

Smoke Detector Technology and the Investigation of Fatal Fires

NIST Simulator Provides New Picture of LODDs

NIST Fire Dynamics at Cherry Road (PDF Format)

Establishing a Relationship Between Alcohol and Casualties of Fire

Bibliography, National Emergency Training Center.

"What to Do Before the Investigation," Fire Command, May 1987.

"Handling a Fire Scene Fatality," Firehouse, October 1982.

"Coroner's Report: An Important Tool for the Fire Investigator." Fire Chief, Aug1982.

Fatal Fire Report (NFIRS form).

"ENR Scientists Help Solve Murder," National Fire & Arson Report, Vol. 5 No 6, 1987.

"Fatal Fire: Accidental, Homicide or Suicide?," Fire & Arson Investigator, Mar 1987.

"How the Pathologist Can Aid the Arson Investigator," Fire & Arson investigator, Mar 1985.

"D.O.A. at the Fire Scene," Fire Engineering, Jan 1987.

"Manufacturer's Defect or Murder?" The Forensic Team Approach to Product Liability Lawsuit," Fire Engineering Jan 1986.

"Fire as a Mechanism of Injury," JEMS May 1987.

"Investigation of Fatal Fires: Views of the Medical Examiner and Toxicologist." FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin; Sept 1986.

"Proper Procedures for a Fire Fighter in Dealing with Bodies at a Fire Scene," Calif. Fire/Arson Investigator, Summer 1985.

"Role of the Forensic Pathologist in Arson and Related Investigations." Fire & Arson Investigator, June 1984.

"The Investigation of Fatal Fires: Views Of the Fire Investigator (Part 1)." FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. August 1986. pp. 1-5.

"The Investigation of Fatal Fires (Part 2)," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Sept 1986.

"Patterns of Fire Deaths Among the Elderly and Children in the Home," Fire Journal, Mar 1986.

"The Effects of Smoke on Human Behavior," Fire Arson Detection, Unit 4, Fatal Fires.

"Boarding House Fire Causes 15 Deaths," Fire Journal, Jan 1985.

"Inspection of Decedent of Fatal Fire," Research paper, Mar 1982.

"The Investigation of Fire Fatalities," Research paper, May 1982.

"Fatal Fires: Accidental, Homicide, or Suicide?," Research paper, 1984.

"Fire Death Investigation: Preparation and Cooperation," Research paper 1984.

"Fatal Fire Investigation," Research paper, 1981.

"Analysis of Multiple-Death Fires in the US during 1985," Fire Journal.

"Spontaneous Human Combustion and Other Mysterious Fires," Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century.

"Fire Investigation - Destruction of Corpses," research paper, May 1976.

"Fire Death Identification and Pathology: How to Proceed in the Examination of a Fire Victim," Fire & Arson Investigator, 10/78

The terrible toll of arson. Sanders, Russell E. March-April 1995.

National Guidelines for Death Investigation. Developed and Approved by the National Medicolegal Review Panel. U.S. Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. December 1997. Department of Justice Response Center phone 1-800-421-6770.

Handle Injuries and Fatalities

TR-067 Eight-Fatality Row House Fire: Lessons Learned from Residential Fires with Five or More Fatalities, December 1992.

TR-104 Five Fatality Residential Motel Fire, Thornton, Colorado

  • Report Writing

handWriting the Fire Investigation Report, Management for Arson Prevention and Control.

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

handInvestigation Procedures--Reference Card, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Fire and Fire Investigation Terms Glossary, Management for Arson Prevention and Control.

Crime Scene and Evidence Collection Handbook, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of the Treasury.

handLaboratory Analysis

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