Fire / Explosion Investigations

Responsibilities

The Investigations Division is responsible for investigating the origin and cause of fires and explosions that occur in the unincorporated areas of Kaufman County. The Fire Marshal, Chief Investigator, and Investigator / Canine Handler participate in a rotating on-call schedule to provide 24-hour response to fire and explosion incidents. The Fire Marshal's Office responds to approximately 500 fire or explosion incidents annually.

Law Enforcement Duties

The Investigations Division serves as the criminal law enforcement component of the Kaufman County Fire Marshal's Office and is tasked with enforcing any laws that are found to have been violated. All investigators are sworn and commissioned Texas Peace Officers, with full arrest, search, and seizure authority. Investigators file criminal cases with the Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney's Office and work with a prosecuting attorney to reach a successful resolution.

Canine Officer

The Investigations Division employs one Investigator / Canine Handler who works with a canine trained in the detection of ignitable liquids that are commonly used as accelerants during the commission of arson. More details about Canine Liberty...


Risk Reduction Strategy

Even when no crime has been committed, the information collected during an origin and cause investigation is essential for the Fire Marshal's Office to identify hazardous trends in our community. This intelligence helps us fine-tune the Fire Code, and adapt our inspection and public education programs to address the most prevalent hazards. In addition, investigators provide necessary information to insurance adjusters in the aftermath of a fire or explosion.

Complaints / Crime Stoppers Tips

You may remain anonymous if you choose to do so.

  • To report a fire, including illegal burns, call 9-1-1 or 469-376-4500.
  • To speak to an investigator, call Kaufman County Fire Marshal's Office at 469-376-4122.
  • Submit a tip to Kaufman County Crime Stoppers at 877-847-7522.
  • Call the 24-hour Arson Hotline at 877-434-7345.