Why are fire investigations important?

Conducting fire investigations are very important to ensure the safety of the public. By doing a thorough and methodical investigation, the staff of the Fire Marshal’s Office can determine if a fire was accidental in nature, or incendiary (intentionally set). Should a fire be determined to be accidental, it is important to determine the cause to help identify possible trends producing recalls of defective equipment, as well as provide assistance to insurance companies who maintain coverage to victims of fire. Should a fire be determined to be incendiary in nature, all information gathered during the investigation will aid in criminal proceedings by providing facts pertaining to the criminal act of arson. If you should see any suspected criminal activities with regard to fire, you can contact the Connecticut Arson Tip Line at 1-800-84ARSON (1-800-842-7766).