STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

12 Buildings Set on Fire for Arson Investigation Training

If you saw a lot of smoke coming from the White City area Monday afternoon, no need to worry. Fire District 3 and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) were gearing up for a big arson investigation training this week. The organization built 12 rooms to look like offices, bedrooms and living rooms last week to set them on fire Monday.

Posted: Jan 21, 2019 5:53 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2019 11:20 AM

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- If you saw a lot of smoke coming from the White City area Monday afternoon, no need to worry. Fire District 3 and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) were gearing up for a big arson investigation training this week. The organization built 12 rooms to look like offices, bedrooms and living rooms last week to set them on fire Monday.

"We're setting them on fire in different ways. Some of them are incendiary fires or arson fires. Some will be accidental, like a carelessly discarded cigarette, maybe a knocked over candle," said Fire District 3’s Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Northrop.

About 80 fire investigation students will be stepping out of the classroom and onto one of these 12 mini scenes so that they can get hands-on practice before they step into the real world.

'What they'll learn is how to follow damage patterns, how to read char patterns, how to find evidence after it's been burnt and …how to conduct a systematic scientific investigation so that they can use whatever evidence or items they find to really understand what and how the fire started," added Northrop.

The students will then have to create a PowerPoint and report how they believe the fire started and why. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2010 and 2014, US municipal fire departments responded more than 261,000 intentionally set fires.

"Fire arson is one of the most difficult of all crimes if it's a set fire. However, there are some wonderful guides out, There are some wonderful books but there is nothing, any student of this industry will tell you, the true teacher is the street, seeing fires, plus hands-on," said First Vice President of the IAAI Barry Grimm.

The students will use these burnt buildings for their training on Thursday.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4335

Reported Deaths: 157
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah118161
Marion98126
Washington74718
Clackamas31711
Deschutes1270
Umatilla1213
Linn1189
Polk10012
Lane773
Yamhill707
Jackson670
Benton565
Clatsop450
Jefferson440
Klamath440
Malheur320
Coos310
Douglas270
Wasco261
Josephine241
Hood River220
Lincoln170
Columbia160
Morrow120
Curry70
Union60
Tillamook60
Crook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 117215

Reported Deaths: 4305
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles572192448
Riverside8155342
San Diego7554269
Orange6574150
San Bernardino5501208
Alameda351597
Santa Clara2819143
San Francisco258743
Kern237639
San Mateo218884
Tulare200489
Fresno188236
Imperial179829
Santa Barbara166912
Contra Costa150637
Sacramento143958
Ventura116434
Kings11375
San Joaquin98235
Stanislaus75029
Monterey57110
Sonoma5664
Solano54622
Marin50115
Merced3017
San Luis Obispo2781
Placer2289
Santa Cruz2172
Yolo21324
Madera1143
Napa1133
Humboldt1023
El Dorado960
San Benito882
Butte511
Sutter462
Del Norte460
Nevada421
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake260
Inyo201
Glenn170
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Amador100
Siskiyou80
Colusa70
Lassen50
Tehama51
Plumas40
Tuolumne40
Alpine20
Sierra10
Trinity10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 86°
Brookings
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 63°
Crater Lake
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 79°
Grants Pass
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 82°
Klamath Falls
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 79°
Warm & dry Thursday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events