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Evaluating the Scene
Identify and Interview Witnesses at the Scene
Source: National Institute of Justice, Fire and Arson Scene Evidence: A Guide for Public Safety Personnel
Identify and interview other witnesses (e.g., neighbors, bystanders, people injured during the fire, later arriving public agency personnel) and record their statements.
Identify who was last to leave the building/scene and what occurred immediately before they left.
Identify the owner of the building/scene, any occupants, and the
person responsible for property management.
Determine who reported the fire. (Secure a tape or transcript of
the report if available.)
Contact the incident commander, identify first responders and
first-in firefighters, and arrange to document their observations
either in writing or through recorded interviews.

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