The fire investigation report should provide specified information, including a synopsis, cause and origin, crime scene sketches, interview and interrogation findings, and data for insurance purposes.
The purpose of the fire investigation report is to communicate important information to the client, supervisor, prosecuting attorney, and other interested persons. All reports should provide a synopsis or brief overview of the entire report. The point of origin should be specified, and the cause, if determined, stated. Sketches of the crime scene should indicate property lines, reference points, the building involved, and location of evidence. Firefighters, other witnesses, owners, and neighbors should be interviewed. Finally, the investigation report must include information relative to insurance carried. This information is usually obtained from the owner or occupant of the structure. A title sheet should be provided which indicates all pertinent case information, such as file number and code section of the basic violation. One footnote is included.
United States of America
Fire/Arson Investigation Research Paper, November 2-20, 1981.