Significance and Use
The identification of an ignitable liquid residue in samples from a fire scene can support a field investigator’opinion regarding the origin, fuel load, and incendiary nature of a fire.
4.1.1 The identification of an ignitable liquid residue in a fire scene does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that a fire was incendiary in nature. Further investigation may reveal a legitimate reason for the presence of ignitable liquid residues.
4.1.2 Due to the volatility of ignitable liquids and to variations in sampling techniques, the absence of detectable quantities of ignitable liquid residues does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that ignitable liquids were not present at the fire scene.
When the gas chromatographic pattern is not sufficiently complex, as described in 9.3, additional analytical techniques are required.
1.1 This test method covers the identification of residues of ignitable liquids in extracts from fire debris samples. Extraction procedures are described in the referenced documents.
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