Following a fire that has been attended by the Fire Service the Officer in Charge of the incident has to establish the most likely cause of the fire before he leaves the incident. If they are unable to establish a cause it is generally accepted that a Fire Service fire investigator is requested to gather, record and prepare a more formal report to add to the statistics collected by the Officer in Charge.
This information is entered on a Home Office database where a wide range of statistics are produced and available to those registered to access this information.
The most common user, other than the Fire Service and government departments, is usually the insurance industry. This information is used to judge fire trends, insurance frauds, establish high risk environments based of information recording along with a plethora of other reasons but more often than not it is used to supplement an insurance claim and to verify, in details, the cause of a fire.
When a Fire Investigator attends, their reports are quite specific and detailed to such a standard that their evidence can be used in a court of law. However, the public cannot request the attendance of a Fire Investigator at the scene and it is very difficult to challenge the Officer in Charges’ decision or ultimately his findings of the cause of the fire which will ultimately go on record.
Accordingly, where there are small fires, and the Fire Service did NOT attend, or where the cause cannot be established or you may wish to challenge the reported cause or even provide a more formal report on a fire to support a court case or insurance claim, then a Fire Investigator is necessary.
We have the resources and arrangements in place to provide a Fire Investigator of the highest standard for your benefit should the opportunity arise. Please use our contact page to request further details.
In the case of a small fire where the Fire Service did NOT attend, or where the cause cannot be established or where you wish to challenge the reported cause or even provide a more formal report on a fire to support a court case or insurance claim, then a Fire Investigator is necessary.
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