The field of arson analysis continues to develop with more and more precise methods of determining if a fire was set on purpose. The importance of arson analysis can’t be overemphasized, and it is crucial to use a top quality testing organization to accurately assess and confirm (or deny) the suspicion of arson.
Fire investigators collect, classify and compares evidence from the scene of a suspicious fire using specialized equipment utilized by lab technicians and field investigators together. Most states have one or more criminal laboratories functioning under the state’s justice department, public safety and law enforcement agencies. If the case rises to the level of further investigation, the FBI or ATF may make their labs available to investigators. The first step, however, is to carefully examine the site of the suspicious fire.