Florida’s latest responder: An arson lab that travels

Issue 6 and Volume 140.

Florida’s latest responder: An arson lab that travels A new mobile fire investigation laboratory will respond to the scene of any Florida fire that results in multiple deaths or a loss of $100,000 or more. The van housing the lab accommodates the four-member team of Bureau of Fire and Arson Prevention investigators, which includes a chemist. Also on board is a variety of equipment: A gas chromatograph for determining what flammable liquids are present in fire debris; A photography and video center that includes a 35mm camera, a video camera, and six portable floodlights on movable stands; A computer and printer that tie the van into the central database that’s part of the Florida Department of Insurance and Treasurer’s arson information system; and Ladders, saws, shovels, hammers, wrenches, and other tools. State Fire Marshal Bill Gunter says the $135,000 lab will help solve cases that in the past may have…

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