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It has become apparent over recent years that a thorough analysis of a wide variety of contributing factors and circumstances surrounding a fire investigation play a significant role in cause determination.
These factors and circumstances involve personal, financial, and recent events that often identify otherwise unknown actions on the part of the insured or other interested parties that have a direct bearing on the fire. These factors assist in clarifying details surrounding the fire event and often provide the most compelling evidence of financial or personal involvement in the causes of a fire.
Recovery of data and CCTV footage both from computers and recorders recovered from the fire scene and in many cases, obtained from premises associated with the parties to the insurance, have provided solid evidence of both motivation to create the fire and how the fire was actually conceived and affected.
Data recovered from business computers can provide financial, accounting, personal and market forces that may otherwise be obscured from the investigator’s view. The pervasive nature of the internet means that those issues, problems and concerns of the business are often reflected in the recovered internet history files and can provide clues and hard evidence of the intent of the business owner or computer user.
In many instances the recovery of financial, customer, and inventory data can greatly assist in business continuity issues and help the insured get back into operation at a much earlier date.
Often the computer data provides clarity on the exact time of the fire and what events occurred at the premises immediately preceding the ignition of the fire. CCTV data can provide evidence of movements of people before the fire and confirm the investigator’s analysis of the point of origin.
Increasingly, the recovery of all computer and other digital information is becoming the norm in the fire investigation process. This has reflected in the high success rate that Corporate Risks has achieved in accurately determining the cause of the fire, thus minimising financial losses and providing a superior service to its clients.