Forensic Analysis of Automobile Fires 810011

This paper presents the methodology of the investigative techniques for examining vehicular fires. Discussion illustrating the mechanical “finger prints” that show the investigating team the mechanism of fire spread is presented. The common causes of vehicular fires and examples of each are discussed. The techniques used by the forensic chemist in determining incendiary fires and the use of specialized equipment in the investigation are illustrated. Tests are discussed to show the theories postulated in the investigative stages of the vehicle examination. Lastly, the interdisciplinary team approach to the investigation is discussed showing the validity of “forensic” engineering and chemistry in examining vehicle fires.


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