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Fire Investigation A fire investigation is a difficult task The devastation charred debris collapsed structures water soaked ashes along with the smoke and stench make an investigation uninviting and seemingly impossible There are different types of fires in homes factories brush and in the forest The best way to investigate a fire would be to use a trained team of personal Fire marshals and private investigators with their experience of fires along with police officers skills for determining motives make a great team An electrical engineer or electrician may be used to investigate electrical systems The knowledge of a scientist may also play a valuable role A scientist should understand the properties of fuels and building materials and have an understanding of the combustion process A scientist should also be able to identify in the lab materials found at the fire scene even if they are only present as trace amounts Methodology At the fire scene the investigator has two major tasks First to determine the origin of the fire and second to closely examine the point of origin to try and determine what it was that caused a fire to start at or around that location An examination would typically begin by trying to gain an overall impression from the point of origin From this one might proceed to an examination of the materials present the fuel load and the state of debris at various places The search for the fires point of origin should be based on elementary rules such as Fire tends to burn upwards and outwards look for the V-pattern The presence of combustible materials will increase the intensity and extent of the fire The fire will rise faster as it gets hotter look for different temperature conditions The fire needs fuel and oxygen to continue A fires spread will be influenced by the factors such as air currents walls and stairways Falling burning debris and the
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