The Fire Investigation unit is charged with determining the origin and cause of all unknown cause and/or suspicious fires and explosions occurring within the jurisdiction of the Denver Fire Department.
All fire investigators have successfully completed the Denver Police Training Academy and received further training and certification from the National Association of Fire Investigators. This unit is responsible for enforcing the Colorado Revised Statutes pertaining to criminal law, the Denver Fire Code, and Sections of the Revised Municipal Code as they pertain to fire investigation and related offenses.
Understanding fire cause is vital to the safety of the community so that preventive measures may be strengthened and unlawful acts prosecuted. Investigators conduct criminal investigations on all incidents involving suspicious or illegal fire-related activities.
During the course of an investigation, the scene will be photographed and documented, evidence collected and processed, witnesses/victims interviewed and suspects interrogated. Search and arrest warrants may be filed and served; case filings may be prepared for the District Attorney’s Office. This is a process filled with scientific, professional, and personal challenges unmatched in other fields of forensic science.
Other applications of the data gathered during a fire investigation may include:
Fire Investigation Unit
Insurance companies use fire investigation reports to settle or deny claims. If you would like to obtain a copy of a report for a closed investigation, please call the Fire Investigation office at 720-913-8215.
The fee to obtain a Fire Investigation Report is $15.00 per address and $1.00 per photocopy. The report and photocopy fees may be paid by cash or check.
Download the Fire incident request form.
The Fire Investigation Unit also manages an intervention program for youth who misuse fire. Click here to read about Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention.