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If a fire cannot be prevented, a clear cause must be determined.

The ability to examine a fire scene and reconstruct the sequence of events that took place is part

  • skills – used to examine burn patterns and characteristics.
  • science - used to analyze materials that burned or may have failed.

When put together, a clear picture of how a fire started usually begins to take shape. It is the skilled fire investigator that can put these two together to know who, what, how, and when a fire started.

Knowing how a fire started can provide valuable information that can lead to

  • safer products
    • defective products can be recalled
  • processes that we use daily.
    • the public can be educated on how best to prevent similar fires in the future.

Arson 

  • intentionally set fires
  • account for tens of thousands of fires annually.

If arson is suspected, Chesterfield Fire and EMS Fire Marshal's team up with Chesterfield Police Detectives to solve the crime.  

Special Units

Fire Marshal's Investigation Unit - for complex incidents, a specially equipped van, responds to the scene. The equipment contained in this unit can

  • conduct field tests and sampling
  • collect evidence
  • document scene

Central Virginia Arson Task Force - participating jurisdictions are available to provide support and technical assistance to other member jurisdictions as needed.

Report Arson

If you know of a suspected arson fire in Chesterfield County, e-mail the Fire Marshal, call 804-748-1426 or contact Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers.