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In order to gain a real insight into a fire scene investigation, the investigator must have a thorough understanding of a number of concepts, including a knowledge of the dynamics of the fire, the necessary conditions for a fire to start and be maintained, the different types of combustion fuels and subsequent burning patterns possible, and a rudimentary knowledge of what happens in the analytic laboratory. Only with a sound knowledge of these factors can an investigator carry out his or her scene investigation efficiently and correctly.Fires, by their nature and cause, can be classified as being accidental or may be shown to be malicious. The determination of which type of fire has occurred is the duty of the fire scene investigator. Fire Investigation covers the concepts and theories necessary to facilitate such decisions and is also a valuable reference source for fire investigation units, scene of crime officers, private fire investigators, health and safety bodies, and students of forensic science.
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