Fire Departments are required to investigate the cause and origin of all fires.
Case & Origin
Depending on the circumstances surrounding a fire, Red Wing Fire Department Captains may determine the cause and origin of a fire.
When captains are unable to identify a fire's cause, or if they need assistance for any reason, the Fire Marshal is contacted to perform the investigation. The Fire Marshal also performs the fire investigation in cases of fatal fires, large loss fires, suspected arson fires and fires involving other crimes.
The Fire Marshal and Prevention Specialist have completed specialized training in fire investigation and work closely with investigators from the State Fire Marshal Division and the Red Wing Police Department in many cases. The Fire Marshal is also an active member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).