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Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction, 3rd Edition

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 Describes a systematic approach to reconstructing fire scenes in which investigators rely on the combined principles of fire protection engineering along with forensic and behavioural science.

·        Using this approach, the investigator can more accurately document a structural fire’s origin, intensity, growth, direction of travel, and duration as well as the behaviour of the occupants.

·        Provides the investigator with a firm understanding of the phenomenon of fire, heat release rates of common materials, heat transfer, growth and development, fire plumes, and enclosure fires.


Describes the underpinnings of how fire patterns are produced and how they can be used by investigators in assessing fire damage and determining a fire’s origin.

·        Fire patterns are often the only remaining visible evidence after a fire is extinguished. The ability to document and interpret fire pattern damage accurately is a skill of paramount importance to investigators when they are reconstructing fire scenes.


Details the systematic approach needed to support forensic analysis and reports.

·        Thorough documentation is the only means of providing reliable data on which the investigator can apply the scientific method of analysis that the courts demand today. The purpose of forensic fire scene documentation includes recording visual observations, emphasising fire development characteristics, and authenticating and protecting physical evidence. The underlying theme is that thorough documentation produces sound investigations and courtroom presentations.

·        Includes commentaries on new technologies useful in improving the accuracy and comprehensiveness of documentation.

·        Readers are extensively prepared for the courtroom with this guide that teaches investigators how to form and authoritatively present their expert testimony.


Reviews the techniques used in the analysis of arsonists’ motives and intents.

·        Presents nationally accepted motive-based classification guidelines along with case examples of the crimes of vandalism, excitement, revenge, crime concealment, and arson-for-profit. The geography of serial arson is also examined, along with techniques for profiling the targets selected by arsonists.

·        Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction serves as the most in-depth textbook on the subject of arson crime scene, examining motive as it relates to fire setting.


Discusses the use of various mathematical, physical, and computer-assisted techniques for modeling fires, explosions, and the movement of people.

·        Such modeling is necessary as a means of demonstrating that the opinions of the investigator have been thoroughly tested as alternative hypotheses are developed and considered.

·        Numerous models are explored, along with their strengths and weaknesses. Several case examples are also presented.

Text only. This product does NOT include a Resource Central Access Code Card. To purchase the text with a Resource Central Access Code Card, please use ISBN: 0-13-295620-9 


Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction, Third Edition, describes and illustrates a new systematic approach for reconstructing fire scenes, applying the principles of fire protection engineering along with those of forensic science and behavioral science.

Modern fire investigation topics are covered, including comprehensive documentation, hypothesis testing, and defensible reconstruction of the events leading up to the fire and its final results. Delving deep into forensic fire engineering, Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction covers engineering calculations, fire modeling and also features several exhaustive case studies which leverage the current technology that is explained in depth throughout the text. Several specialized topic areas are also covered, including use of the drone aircraft, forensic and panoramic photography, computer modeling as well as an advanced discussion of tenability. Using historical fire cases and realistic case examples, the authors examine the newest lessons learned and insight into the ignition, growth, development, and outcome of those fires. All documentation in the case examples follows or exceeds the methodology set forth by the NFPA in NFPA 921—Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations and its companion standard NFPA 1033—Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, 2009 Edition, and Kirk’s Fire Investigation ,Seventh Edition.

Table of Contents

1. Principles of Reconstruction

2. Basic Fire Dynamics

3. Fire Pattern Analysis

4. Fire Scene Documentation

5. Arson Crime Scene Analysis

6. Fire Modeling

7. Fire Deaths and Injuries

8. Fire Testing




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