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Fire investigations

NFPA´s Fire Investigations division collects, analyzes, and reports detailed fire experience data through on-site investigations of technical or educational significance. Reports may take the form full reports, preliminary/summary reports; alert bulletins; or journal articles.

Areas documented during the course of the investigations include details of fire ignition, growth, and development; contributions of building construction, interior finish and furnishings; fire detection and suppression scenarios; performance of structures exposed to the fire; smoke movement and control; human reaction (response) and evacuation; fire fighting and rescue; fire propagation as a function of human reaction time; and the extent of life loss, injury and property damage.

Most NFPA fire investigation reports are free for NFPA members. Non-members may purchase copies of the reports for $30 each. Call +1 617 984-7445 or e-mail NFPA's Morgan Technical Library.

See a list of all NFPA Fire Investigation reports

In This Section
  • Assembly Mercantile, nightclubs, restaurants, schools, churches, stadiums, amusement parks, theaters, and libraries.
  • Explosions/Fireworks BLEVE, Terrorism, and fireworks manufacturing.
  • Firefighter fatalities All reports where one or more firefighter death occurred.
  • Health care NFPA offers complete fire investigation reports on fires in board and care facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes.
  • Natural disasters Wildfires and earthquakes
  • Non-residential properties High-rises, industrial, storage, banks and offices.
  • Residential Houses, apartments, rooming houses, hotels/motels, bed & breakfasts, and dormitories.
  • Transportation Aircraft, boats/ships, tunnels, and tractor trailers.
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NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2014 Edition
The 2014 NFPA 921 guides you through every step of the investigation process, from basic methodology to collecting evidence to failure analysis. It's is the field's #1 guide to safe, systematic fire and explosion investigation.
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