BY DOUG LEIHBACHERShortly before midnight, you are dispatched as the assigned fire investigator to a three-story wood-frame multiple dwelling. The building is occupied by four families, and a fire on the first floor has trapped residents above, requiring two alarms to mitigate. On your arrival, the fire has been knocked down and there is a smoke stain above the entry door and burn patterns above the two front windows on the first floor. The windows have been taken out, and residual smoke is still rising from them. The chief tells you that the fire appears to have originated in the living room of the flat on the first floor. He adds that fire spread to the front bedroom and up the interior...

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