Fire Scene Evidence Collection Guide


A Pocket Guide to Accelerant Evidence Collection, 2nd Edition. Massachusetts Chapter, International Association of Arson Investigators, 1999. Online version.

Bille, T.W., C. Cromartie, and M. Farr. "Effects of Cyanoacrylate Fuming, Time After Recovery, and Location of Biological Material on the Recovery and Analysis of DNA from Post-Blast Pipe Bomb Fragments." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 54, (5), September 2009: 1059-1067 2009.

CFITrainer.Net® . "Evidence Collection Toolbox." Website, video, 2013.

Cook, John Lee. Standard Operating Procedures for Collection of Vehicular Fluids. Saddle Brook, NJ: PennWell Publishing Company, 1998.

Crime Scene and Evidence Collection Handbook. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 2005.

DeHaan, John D., and David J. Icove. Kirk's Fire Investigation, 7th Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2011.

Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice to NFPA 921 and 1033. International Association of Fire Chiefs. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012.

Gambrel, A.K., and M.R. Reardon. "Extraction, Derivatization, and Analysis of Vegetable Oils from Fire Debris." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 53 (6), 2008: 1372-1380.

Gross, A.M., K.A. Harris, and G.L. Kaldun. "The Effect of Luminol on Presumptive Tests and DNA Analysis Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 44 (4), 1999: 837-840.

Hibbard, R., J.V. Goodpaster, and M.R. Evans, "Factors Affecting the Forensic Examination of Automotive Lubricating Oils." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56 (3), 2011, pp. 741-753.

Icove, David J., and John D. DeHaan. Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.

interFIRE. "Evidence Sampling for Ignitable Liquids Testing." Online Training Module, 2013.

interFIRE. "Part 2: Ignitable Liquids: Petroleum Distillates, Petroleum Products, and Other Stuff." Online Training Module, 2013:

Laux, D.L. "Luminol: Chemical Sheds New Light on Crime Scenes." Law Enforcement Technology, May 1991: 26-27.

Lentini, John J. Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation. Boca Raton: CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006.

Mann, Dale. "In Search of the Perfect Container for Fire Debris Evidence." Fire and Arson Investigator, April 2000: 21-25.

Morris, M. "Casting a Wide Net: Lifting Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces." Forensic Magazine, January 8, 2005.

NFPA. NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2011 Edition. National Fire Protection Association, 2011.

Quinones, I., D. Sheppard, S. Harbison, and D. Elliot. "Comparative Analysis of Luminol Formulations." Journal of Canadian Society of Forensic Science, 40 (2), 2007: 53-63.

Reardon, M.R., L. Allen, E.C. Bender, and K.M. Boyle, "Comparison of Motor Oils Using High-Temperature Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 52 (3), 2007: 656-663.

Schwenk, L.M., and M.R. Reardon. "Practical Aspects of Analyzing Vegetable Oils in Fire Debris." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 54 (4), 2009: 874-880.

Shipp, E., R. Roelofs, E. Togneri, R. Wright, D. Atkinson, and B. Henry. "Effects of Argon Laser Light, Alternate Source Light, and Cyanoacrylate Fuming on DNA Typing of Human Bloodstains." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 38 (1), January 1993: 184-191.

Stauffer, Eric, and Monica S. Bonfanti. Forensic Investigation of Stolen-Recovered and Other Crime Related Vehicles. Elsevier, 2006.

Stauffer, Eric, Julia A. Dolan, and Reta Newman. Fire Debris Analysis. Academic Press, 2007.

Sweet, D., et al. "An Improved Method to Recover Saliva from Human Skin: The Double Swab Technique." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 42 (2), March 1997:320-322.

"SWGMAT Web Site." Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis, Website, July 1, 2013.

"SWGTREAD - Home." Scientific Working Group for Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence (SWGTREAD), Website, 2013.

Tontarski, K.L., et al. "Chemical Enhancement Techniques of Bloodstain Patterns and DNA Recovery after Fire Exposure." Journal of Forensic Sciences, 54 (1), January 2009: 37-48.
(See, also, this article reprinted in IAAI's Fire & Arson Investigator Journal, April 2012, pp. 10-18, with additional information on heat flux.)

United States of America. Best Practices for Seizing Electronic Evidence v.3: A Pocket Guide for First Responders. U.S. Secret Service, 2007.

NOTE: Sources used in answering specific FAQ questions are given at the end of the answer to that question.