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Fire Cause / Determinations

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    I am a Fire Marshal in Florida, I am interested on fire causes that have been determined in your area. I started this thread for the purpose of sharing all of KNOWN causes of fire you have had on your scenes. I feel in sharing this with each other would be interesting as this is what we do and may be of value. To make it simple if you would start from this date forward.

    Accidental, Undetermined, Non-Intentional, Intentional (Arson) and Natural (Earthquakes, Lightning Strikes ect.) Would be the determination.
    The Cause would be the ignition source.

    I joined "FIREHOUSE" today and this is my first post. I am a Fire Investigator II and Fire Safety Inspector II as well as a Firefighter. I started my career in 1980 as a Fireman and started conducting Investigations and Inspections in 1990. I have investigated hundreds of fires but I will start only with the recent activity, again to keep it current and simple..............

    9 June 2015- Accidental- Electrical, Coffee Pot malfunction (Mr. Coffee strikes again) Kitchen.

    9 June 2015- Accidental-Non-Intentional, Refueling a pressure washer while running. Fire started under the carport.

    10 June 2015- Accidential- Electrical, Overloaded circuit/wiring in wall. Homeowner replaced a 20 amp breaker with a 30 amp breaker.
    Although this is human error it was determined a non-intentional act as he did not have insurance and was not a qualified electrician in having the knowledge of electrical systems. (Human error is not arson)

  • #2
    here is another site for some good info

    sometimes they are not friendly


    Not sure why you need a list of Cause?

    Most of our fires are kitchen/ cooking

    Did have a lightning strike recently.


    • #3
      This thread is not focused on research or legal views. Yes that forum has a lot of "information" and view points from various parties not just fire investigators or firefighters.
      Cause is the reason for the fire. Determination is the catagory of the fire.

      You say most of your fires are kitchen/cooking. I take it that you mean "unattendent cooking".
      However some assumed accidental kitchen cooking fires are intentional, .......
      Fire Investigation is not easy, if it was everyone would be doing it.
      Thanks for your response and the link to the forum.


      • #4
        ok, the link is mainly investigators along with experts in the field such as electrical, etc.

        I think there is one or two from NIST.

        you will not find a better site


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