FE Use of Arc Mapping/Arc Fault Circuit Analysis in a Residential Kitchen Fire Investigation





Electrical survey, Arc, Arc-Site, Arc Mapping, Area of Origin, Point of Origin, Fire Effects, Fire Patterns, Electrical Safety, NFPA 70E, Forensic Engineering, arc fault circuit analysis


A fire occurred in a single-story, single-family residence. At the time of the fire, two individuals (a husband and wife) occupied the residence. During the early morning hours, the wife was awakened by the smell of smoke, and discovered a fire in the kitchen. Initially, the area of origin for the fire was the kitchen. Utilizing arc mapping, the area of origin was further defined. This enabled fire investigators to use available fire effects to ultimately determine the point of origin and cause of the fire. The intent of this paper is to detail those efforts, enabling others to benefit from this case study.


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How to Cite

McPherson, Jason. 2022. “FE Use of Arc Mapping/Arc Fault Circuit Analysis in a Residential Kitchen Fire Investigation”. Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers 39 (1):29-34. https://doi.org/10.51501/jotnafe.v39i1.141.