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Arson Hotline and Response Criteria

Law enforcement and the fire service can request an Arson Investigator and/or K-9 Team, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-252-2947.

An OSFM Arson Investigator should be called when:

  •  There is a death or serious injury.
  •  The property involved incurs a large dollar loss.
  •  The property involved is state property, federal property, or school property.
  •  Local authorities have determined the cause to be suspicious or incendiary.
  •  Local authorities cannot determine the cause and/or origin of the fire.
  •  Conducting the investigation by local authorities may be or could be considered a conflict of interest.
  •  Other unusual circumstances exist.