The Fire Investigator is responsible for the investigation of all fires that have a suspicious or undetermined cause and origin, and/or where injury and/or fire death has occurred. The Fire Investigations Division also works with all other law enforcement agencies dealing with the crime of arson.
The overall goal of this division is to conduct responsible investigations to determine origin, cause and circumstances of each fire involving loss of life and/or injury to persons or by which property has been destroyed or damaged. It is the intent of this division to determine if the fire is a result of carelessness or design.
It is the Fire Investigations Divisions’ priority to investigate all suspicious fires from time of inception to time of prosecution. Also, in the event that there is a fire death or burn victim, investigators also conduct a complete investigation as to the cause of the fire.
Once a fire has been determined to be arson, this division works together on the investigation, the collection of evidence, the arrest of the suspect, the court appearance, and ultimately, and hopefully, the conviction of an arsonist.
Arson fires are typically set by:
Results of arson:
Arson Prevention Tips:
To report any suspicious activity please click the link below:
Fire Investigator, Ken Willis
1612 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201
Phone (803) 545-3711