Potential Pitfalls For Fire Investigators

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT) -- In the context of fire litigation, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations has long played a vital role in defining a reliable methodology for the investigation of fires and the determination of the origin and cause of fires.

Investigators who stray from NFPA 921’s guidelines do so at their own peril and will almost certainly see the admissibility of their opinions challenged by an opposing party.

Fire investigators’ qualifications, on the other hand, are not challenged nearly as often as...
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