Determining Fire Causes
Oregon statute requires all fires be investigated to determine the origin, cause, and other factors that may have contributed to the ignition and growth of a fire. Information gained is used to identify trends, develop public education programs, identify product deficiencies, and to determine if fire was the result of criminal activity.
Fire Investigators are on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week to respond to fire scenes to conduct origin and cause investigations. Fire Investigators work with fire suppressions crews, insurance companies, private investigators and law enforcement agencies.
If you have experienced a fire:
- Stay out of the structure until it is determined to be structurally and environmentally safe
- Contact your insurance company
- Arrange to secure the property after fire personnel have released the scene