You will create a final report that should be written as a case scenario.

For this final assignment, you will prepare a final investigation report and a video recording.

Part I

To complete this assignment, you will need the field notes and audio recording that you created for the Unit V Case Study. You will create a final report that should be written as a case scenario. This means that you will have to be prepared to be an expert witness in court. As the expert witness, you would need to prepare to testify and present your findings.

The final report should include support for your presentation in a court of law with additional components such as witness statements, physical evidence, basic information, cause, responsibility, and any other necessary components to support your expert witness testimony.

Part II

In addition to the written component, you are also asked to create a video recording of yourself answering the following question: What did you determine happened in this fire?

Your final report/case scenario must be two to three pages in length.

Your recording will be a narrative based on the final investigation report that you completed for this assignment. Your video should be 3 to 5 minutes.

 

These are the filed notes from you in case you don’t have them anymore

Receiving the Assignment

The assignment was received, and it about investigating the cause of fire in a one-family wooden frame structure (Price, 2017). A notification was received by the fire dispatcher to respond to 1234 Main Street on a reported structural fire that was under control and needed a cause and origin investigator.

Research

What is known about the case is that the fire started in the kitchen and spread to other parts of the structure. The mother was preparing breakfast for the family when the incident occurred.

Hypothesis

It is hypothesized that the leading cause of the fire is the burning bacon, which spread the fire to other parts of the structure.

Experiment

The experiment included the collection of all the necessary data. It also included the assessment of the stoves to identify the chances of leaking of the stove or fuel. Additionally, the mother in this family was interviewed to collect any important information regarding the incident (Price, 2017). Among the required resources is the fire investigation handbook to note down the essential details. One laborer will be needed to aid in the process of data collection. The probability of arson is another variable that was considered in this case.

Data collection

The collected data indicated that the fire began after burning the bacon that was cooking on the stovetop. The burnt bacon went ablaze, and the adjacent kitchen wall caught fire, which spread to the other parts of the structure.

Results

The results of the study support the hypothesis because the origin of the fire is the burning bacon that spread the fire to other parts of the structure. After the bacon burnt, it dried to the extent that it could quickly burn in a big flame. This is proved by a large V-pattern that was observed in the kitchen.

Conclusion

Therefore, the collected evidence shows that the fire started from the burnt bacon and spread to the wall of the kitchen.

 

This is the scenario:

Time: 1100 hours
Date: February 23, 2016
Weather Conditions: Clear–-38 degrees (cold wind @ 20 mph)
Type of Structure: One-family wooden-frame structure
Occupants: Family of four—husband, wife, 9-year-old male, 4-year-old female
Pictures: See below
Notification: At 1100 hours, you were notified by the fire dispatcher to respond to 1234 Main Street on a reported structural fire that was under control and required a cause and origin investigator.

Once you arrived on the scene, you were briefed by Lt. Dan Taylor, who stated that upon arrival the fire was visible out both kitchen windows and was spreading quickly to the living-room area. The fire was then quickly extinguished and confined to the kitchen. There were noticeable burn patterns forming a large V-pattern that indicated the fire originated in the area of the stove.

To prevent any form of spoliation, the Hometown Department completed its fire suppression efforts and taped off the area for further investigation prior to any additional overhauling procedures.

Homeowner’s statement: Mrs. Williams stated that she was preparing breakfast for her children when her cell phone rang. She walked to her front porch where she became engaged in a general conversation with her friend. With bacon still cooking on the stovetop, the grease became so hot that it ignited and vertically spread into the ceiling. Once off the phone, the homeowner noticed smoke coming from the kitchen area. After going to the kitchen to locate the source of the smoke, she saw the burning pan and called 911 to report the fire and said she was exiting her home for safety. The Hometown Fire Department then arrived and extinguished the fire.

Fire Scene Photos:

 

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