Arson incidents require certain people to investigate the fire. They investigate to discover if the fire was an accident or if it was intentional. These people are called arson investigators or fire investigators. Their job is 3 jobs in one; they are part scientist, law enforcer, and part engineer. The fire and arson investigators job is to find out how, why, and who the fire was started by. They are also responsible for obtaining the proper resources and authority to deal with arsonists. An arson investigators main job is to determine who set the fire, and the fire investigator is responsible for determining the source and cause of the fire. Fire and arson investigators work together on suspected arson incidents to quickly and efficiently solve arson incidents. Typically, fire and arson investigators in the public sector are employed by cities or counties fire or police departments, and state and federal agencies. Arsonists start fires based on location. Before deciding on a location to start a fire, they consider the fuels around the location and how quickly or slowly the fire will burn. Many factors are involved in where an arsonist will start a fire. Arsonists also consider starting a fire where it will seem obvious for an accidental fire to start. Such as a basement furnace or an attic electrical fire. More experienced arsonist rely on fuel sources that are already on scene or in a house rather than bringing materials to burn. Experienced arsonist also use incendiary devices that will quickly burn to start fires. Amateur arsonist use flammable liquids more often due to the minimal effort it takes to ignite the fuel. No matter the skill level, all arsonists have the same goal, to burn or destroy someone else’s property.
Some arsonists start only one fire and never get caught. Like murderers, there are serial arsonists who start many fires. One of the most famous serial arsonists is John Orr. John Orr worked for the Glendale fire department and was a fire