Louisville ATF conference educates fire investigators
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is hosting a conference in Louisville this week for fire investigators to brush up on skills needed to look into the cause of fires.
Those skills have been particularly important for investigators who have had their hands full in recent weeks with several big fires in the Louisville area.
From a deadly fire in Old Louisville, with a cause that's still undetermined, to the Whiskey Row Fire that was ruled accidental, the ATF has been instrumental in investigating those blazes.
They're passing on that kind of knowledge to Kentuckiana investigators at the conference.
More than 50 fire fighters are learning about things like criminal profiling, evidence collection, and arson for profit.
"We want to make sure we know what caused that fire," said Deputy Fire Marshall Tommy Crane with the Radcliff Fire Department, who attended the conference. "Was it an accident? Was it intentional? Was it something malfunctioned? And so there's been some things that I've learned -- especially a lot on the electrical end and things like that -- that we sometimes look at and scratched our heads, so there are some things I'll take away from that."
Those kills come in handy when investigating high-profile fires.
"Unfortunately, it is a timely event, but unfortunately, we have had some big fires in Louisville," said ATF spokesperson George Huffman. "With the Whiskey Row fire, unfortunately, we had the fire two weeks ago in St. Catherine where ATF is involved in that investigation where three people died and a couple of people injured. We're also involved in the GE fire and a host of other fires. ATF here in Louisville has a certified fire investigator that routinely works with Louisville fire and arson unit to help determine the cause and origin of the fire."
The conference runs through the end of the week.
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