|What is fire
"cause & origin"?
Fire cause & origin determination is a branch of what we call causation forensics, and is the applied science of finding out where, how, and why a fire has occurred. It also very often involves an analysis of a fire's effects and damages on property and life. By carefully observing - and accurately interpreting - smoke, heat, and fire effects on combustibles and other materials like metals, a fire cause specialist is guided to what is known as the "area of origin" of a fire.
Within this area the fire began, and the specialist then sorts through it in search of potential ignition sources, examining each closely. Once all the potential ignition sources are found, the weeding out process begins and - as the others are ruled out - an ignition source which best fits the fire's circumstances is eventually identified as the most likely cause of the fire. This methodology applies to just about any fire scene, whether it be in a car, a boat, a house, or a factory.
Isn't determining a
fire cause the fire department's job?
If the fire was intentional, the public fire official must prove a crime was committed, but only rarely are criminal charges actually filed - 84% of arson cases typically remain unsolved on a yearly basis.
Who else investigates