Prepare a final fire investigation report summarizing your findings and conclusions in a methodical manner. You should incorporate the knowledge that you have gained thus far in this course to ensure that your approach is scientific and addresses the requirements of a thorough fire investigation.
Click here to access the details for the incident as well as photographic evidence from the fire scene.
As you will see in the linked document, the report requires you to provide a sufficient narrative and to address, at a minimum, the following topics in your report:
origin of fire (locations and fuels);
extent of damage (from source to final point or points of ignition);
causation, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) classifications;
estimated value of overall loss (for insurance company report).
Note: All of the missing values in this project should be simulated and based on values known or found from publications or Internet research. They should be as real-world as possible in order to reflect a real case scenario.
You may use a standardized fire report template from your own workplace, or you may simply follow the outline in the document to create your narrative and report all findings.
Your fire investigation report should summarize your findings and conclusions in a logical and organized manner. You should describe the process that you use as you document the evidence. Assume that this is a fire report that may later be used in a criminal investigation or prosecution. Remember, details, proper procedure, evidence, and the utilization of relevant science may make or break the case.
Fire Investigation Report Summary
This report provides a summary of a fire which was recorded in 357 Easy Street, Tremont in Alabama. Details about the origin of fire, the noted damage extent, causation, evidence and the estimated value of the incurred loss from the incident will be documented.
Donny Willis, a 22-year-old male who was also the owner’s son was the one present at the scene as the fire broke out. Frank Willis , the owner of the apartment, phone – 555-239-4951, living at 357 Easy Street Tremont, Alabama records that he alongside his wife had asked his son to move out due to his inability to find a job and a continuous drug use. Willis and his wife had left the house approximately 10pm with an aim of meeting some friends. They left their son Donny at home. However, during the investigation, he was nowhere to be seen.
The fire pattern analysis recorded that the fire generated within bedroom 3 with the fire venting through the window and the ceiling. This caused further fire damage to areas such as bedroom 2 and 1 as well as the closet available in the bathroom available in the south end of the home. One of the windows on the residence exterior available on the west side shows signs of the fire. However, no signs of damage was seen on the water heater, furnace dryer and washer. In addition, all the electric kitchen appliances were also in good condition.
A fire starting in bedroom 3 is consistent with the observed damage in this area. A small fuel load available in the room. This is visualized on the twin size bed available in bedroom 3.
Depending on the analysis of the facts as well as the presented data above, the identified area of the fire’s origin is bedroom 3.
- The first fuel that was ignited in the area of origin is liquid fuel, specifically gasoline.
- Ignition source evident in the area of origin was identified as liquid fuels.
- Oxidant: The ambient air was the oxidant since it provided oxygen as its primary component.
- Ignition sequence: The fuel was first ignited with the oxidant later allowing the two to react together causing the fire.
The cause of the fire is a deliberately ignited fire. Considering the NFPA cause classifications, the fire cause is classified as 3.3.103 incendiary fire, also referred to as hostile fire (NPFA, 2012). The circumstances show that this is a fire that was deliberately ignited.
Fire Debris Samples
The collected results of the fire debris samples were collected and still pending for recording.
Photos of the damaged property from the fire were taken as physical evidence. The collected photo evidence are digitally stored in the police station with a copy being kept at the fire department for a further analysis (Enrico, Luca & Luca, 2021).
Estimated Dollar Loss
The estimated loss stemming from the fire event is $3000. This is inclusive of all the damage to the property such as bed, bedding mattress and bedding. Additionally, this also entails damage to the house associated with the fire event.
The case status of the fire investigation is open. This is based on the fact that Donny Willis, who is also considered as the primary witness of the fire event, is still missing. Donny’s witness statement will be critical towards determining the outcome of the case and hence the need to leave the case open.
Photographic Evidence from the Scene:
Residence exterior – North and west side
Residence exterior – West and south side
Upholstered chair in northwest corner of living room
Closet in bathroom area, located toward south end of home
On bed (queen size) in master bedroom (identified as bedroom 1), southwest corner of home
Two views – On bed (full size) (Identified as bedroom 2), southeast corner of home
Two views – On bed (twin size) in bedroom 3
Floor area along east wall, directly below window in bedroom 3
End of Photographic Evidence
Enrico, D., Luca, F., & Luca, M. (2021). FLAME: A parametric fire risk assessment method supporting performance based approaches. Fire Technology, 57(2), 721-765. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10694-020-01014-9
NPFA, (2012). Fire Cause Classifications. Retrieved from https://www.nfpa.org/Assets/files/AboutTheCodes/921/classification_chapters_20110412_1530.pdf