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Once a fire has been distinguished, a fire investigation will occur to determine the origin and cause of the fire. When the cause has been determined, one of four categories is chosen: incendiary (intentional), accidental (i.e. candle, cooking fire), natural (i.e. weather related/ lightening) and undetermined. Depending on the category the fire falls into determines what actions are taken by Fire Investigators.

Each fire is studied to determine if there is a possibility of reoccurrence and what is needed to avoid that happening, for example: additional information provided to the public to reduce the possible risk of reoccurrence.

Currently Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services have three (3) qualified fire investigators that are overseen by the Fire Marshal, Shaun Hayes.

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