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NCJ Number: 91111 Find in a Library
Title: So You Think It Is Electrical!
Author(s): C Coatney; L S Hill; W Lunger; J T Mealer; R E Meewes; L Mifsud; J L Perkins; J C Porter; M W Rowe; J E Senffner; C W Wilson; R E Wilson
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 14
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents some rudimentary aspects of potential electrical fire causations which should be considered in investigating a fire suspected to be electrically caused.
Abstract: Following a brief explanation of the nature of electricity and malfunctions that may cause a fire, the hardware portions of an electrical system are identified. It is advised that reconstruction of the area of fire origin must be followed by a complete checkout of the affected parts of the electrical system, working back to the service entrance. Attention is given to the following potential electrical causes of fire: lightning, static electricity, and faults (overload, short circuit, and ground fault). The final section discusses evidence collection. The evidence-collection steps considered are overall area photographs and closeups to show the suspect hardware and its relationship to the ignited combustibles; the proper securing and identifying of the evidence; and consultation with an electrical engineer, physicist, an electrical-testing or engineering laboratory, or a manufacturer of electrical components. Five footnotes and 11 bibliographic entries are provided.
Index Term(s): Arson investigations; Evidence collection
Note: Fire/Arson Investigation Research Paper, August 8-26, 1983
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