Fire Investigations are headed up by Lieutenant Daniel T. Hill, Jr., CFI, Acting Fire Marshal for the City
of New Bern. New Bern Fire-Rescue is responsible for conducting fire investigations
to determine the area of origin and cause for all fires within the
city limits. Two investigators are on call to respond when the cause
of the fire is either suspicious or not immediately discernable. Once the
cause is determined, investigators will then decide if the fire was “accidental” or “intentional."
Accidental fires are studied to see if additional educational methods
would be instrumental in reducing the potential risk of reoccurrence,
or if it needs to be addressed by other agencies for corrective measures.
If the cause is intentional, the investigation is continued until
all leads are exhausted, or the suspect is taken to court to stand trial.