Fire Investigation involves the investigation into the origin(s), or seats of fire, the likely cause namely accidental or deliberate, and whether or not an accelerant such as petrol was used to promote the rapid development of a fire.
The initial investigation typically involves the Fire Service, Police, Scene of Crime Officers and Fire Investigators, and their purpose is to attempt to establish the origin and cause of the fire. If it is found that the fire was started deliberately, then we are dealing with an Arson case, or willful fire raising in Scotland
A Fire Investigation report might be prepared dealing with the findings in respect of the above.
During the investigation numerous photographs and items / samples might be taken from the scene, and if an individual is suspected of being involved in starting the fire, clothing and footwear might be taken for Forensic examination.
Typical Forensic evidence includes:
- Report(s) dealing with origin and cause of fire
- Laboratory examinations dealing with detection of accelerants at seat of fire and / or clothing of suspect.
- Scientific comparison of accelerant traces
- Evidence of transient heat / flame passage on clothing & footwear
- Fibre transfer
- Fingerprints / footwear marks at scene
- Particulate material transfer such as glass particles from a broken window.
- Tool marks on windows / doors
Our experts can deal with all of the above aspects of Forensic evidence , and if any of these are to be relied upon by the Prosecution in support of allegations against a defendant(s), we can conduct a thorough, robust and critical evaluation of every aspect of the forensic evidence including undertaking our own examination of the items and scientific case records, checking the continuity of items / evidence, in-house laboratory procedures and techniques, and of course the reliability, validity and conclusions of the forensic evidence that is to used in Court by the Prosecution.
This almost invariably requires our experts to attend at the Forensic Laboratory utilised by the Police to conduct our own examination of exhibits and thoroughly evaluate the scientific case records / analytical results.
Our report can deal with one specific issue or, if several aspects of the Forensic evidence are to be independently assessed, we can deal with the issues in a single report or alternatively two or more reports.