The Differences Between the North American Building Constructions and the Southern European Building Constructions Affects the Type of Fire Pattern That Are Most Commonly Found in a Fire Scene
Giovanni Cocchi, P.E., Ph. D.
ARSON Fire, Safety, and Environmental Investigations S.r.l., Italy
Presented at the International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, 2014
Fire pattern analysis is a fundamental step in any fire investigation, since it provide the basis for the heat and flame vector analysis onto which the reconstruction of fire spread and the identification of the area of origin of the fire are based. Fire patterns formation depends on the fire effects being produced by the fire. This works discuss some of the differences between building construction in North America and Southern Europe, on the basis of the example of Italy, and try to tackle the problem if such differences may affects the type of fire patterns that are found in a fire scene.
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