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Arson Forensics Team Studies Fatal Forest Fire

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Arson Forensics Team Studies Fatal Forest Fire

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Arson Forensics Team Studies Fatal Forest Fire

Arson Forensics Team Studies Fatal Forest Fire

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Melissa Block talks with fire investigator Jonathan Calore of the South Carolina Forestry Service about how investigations into forest arsons are conducted.

Calore says that when he's studying a fire, he begins by talking to witnesses and looking at indicators such as burn patterns on trees or stones. After the area of origin is narrowed down, fire investigators go in on their hands and knees, often with magnets, to look for any pieces of evidence.