Fire Scene Investigation

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Accelerants are often used by arsonists in deliberate fires. Describe the visual and physical indicators that may indicate the presence of an accelerant at a domestic fire. What equipment and resources do the fire investigator have at hand to provide evidence to support a hypothesis of deliberate fire setting using accelerants? What are the benefits and limitations of these items of equipment and other resources?

Write about how to Investigate fires and their causes and search for materials that used for helping to spreading flames faster. Also, how to identify the causes of the fire, may be by; witnesses, surveillance cameras, aromatherapy, dogs trained to know fire and special equipment used for knowing the materials caused fires.

Consider to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of at least four indicators of the presence of accelerants and potential errors with these indicators.
  • Identify and describe at least three “tools” that the fire investigator can use.
  • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of using this equipment.

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  • T.C forensic is it an accidental fire or arson.
  • Arson /fire investigation.
  • Fire& arson scene evidence.
  • What new fire investigation devices.

*** Words count = 1000 words.

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School: UIUC



Fire Scene Investigation

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Fire Scene Investigation
An arsonist refers to an individual who without lawful excuse damages or destroys any
property that belongs to another person with the aim of damaging such property. An arson refers
to a malicious or willful burning of a property, particularly with a fraudulent or criminal intent.
An accelerator is a fuel, often, but not always, a flammable liquid utilized to elevate or initiate
the speed or intensity of spread of fire as well as facilitate fast blaze. The most common types of
accelerators found are kerosene, diesel, petrol, and mineral turps, which are all mixtures of
hydrocarbon1. In most cases, it is presumed that most, if not all types of accelerators evaporate or
is consumed in the fire; nonetheless, with modern techniques of chemical analysis, very small
quantities of accelerators are detectable.
The Visual and Physical Indicators That May Indicate the Presence of an Accelerant at A
Domestic Fire
Physical indicators are often outlined first since they prove the presence of an accelerator
at the time of the fire and they were not placed there after extinguishing the fire. Physical
indicators utilized in detecting accelerants include “localized” patterns of burn on surfaces and
floors. Reports from witnesses or firefighters of intense fire or odor are an indicator of the
presence of an accelerant.


Ferreiro-González M, Barbero GF, Palma M, Ayuso J, Álvarez JA, Barroso CG.
‘Determination of ignitable liquids in fire debris: direct analysis by electronic nose.
Sensors’. 2016 May 13;16(5):695.



Odd variations in the
patterns of fire like unusual
localized bed damage, wall
and floor burn pattern

Witnesses report about:
Odor of accelerants like
petrol or gasoline
Movement of furniture
before the fire
An explosion
The unnatural ...

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