All fires under the BC Fire Services Act are required to be investigated within three days. Fires are investigated for cause, origin and circumstance. By investigating the fire, we are able to determine if it could have been prevented and once determined, measures can be put into place to prevent reoccurrences.
Most fires are accidental and are therefore preventable, but some fires are intentionally set and then become a criminal offence. The police are then involved with the fire investigator on the fire scene and assist with seizing of evidence and possible criminal charges.