House Fire Claims Three Lives including Two Children

Any time a life is loss it is a tragedy, but that is especially true when a child is taken from a family and the rest of the world. Sadly, that’s what happened in early February when a University City, Missouri house fire claimed three lives. Among the victims were 6-year-old Kaliyah Dunger and her… Read more »

Information on Fire Codes and Violations

Fire marshals often perform fire code inspections without announcement. While violations can incur a fine if left uncorrected, they can also have property damaging or even fatal ramifications. John Michael Agosti & Associates are here to determine which codes may have caused a fire in the aftermath, but here are some of the most common… Read more »

How to Prevent Arson in Your Community

There are some neighborhoods and communities where arson is more of a problem than in others, but whether or not there have ever been any incidents of arson in your area, there are things you can do to help prevent it in the future. Arson can destroy homes, businesses, vehicles, and more. But more importantly,… Read more »

Reasons Why People Will Commit Arson in 2015

Most people in the world cannot even imagine purposefully setting fire to someone’s home or vehicle, and that is fortunate for all of us. But did you know that there are actually several reasons why people commit arson? Of course, none of these reasons are good or make the crime excusable, but understanding why people… Read more »

How to Escape from a Fire

We sincerely hope you are never the victim of arson or any other type of fire, but if you do find yourself in house that is engulfed in flames, there are a few things you should know in order to escape. While some fires become so out of control people have no place to go,… Read more »

What Do Arson Investigators Look For?

While a fire caused by an arsonist may appear and act just like any other fire, there are a few telltale signs that arson investigators look for after the flames have been put out. The amount of evidence varies from case to case, but even the most careful of arsonists will leave behind clues. As… Read more »

Inside an Arsonist’s Mind

What does an arsonist look like? Often we assume that arsonists have a mental disorder, as the crime is so full of passion, but true pyromaniacs are astonishingly rare. Understanding motives for arson is the best way to understand arsonists. Here are some of the most common motives.   First is thrill seeking. Those arsonists… Read more »

How to Become an Arson Investigator

The process to taking up the duties of an arson investigator can be long, but well worth it. We all know they are part detective and part fire scientist but that doesn’t mean you just need to know some detecting skills and some knowledge on fire. Most agencies that hire arson investigators can let you… Read more »

Preservation of Evidence at an Arson Scene

Some people often forget that an Arson scene is also a crime scene. This is largely because at the start of the fire, people aren’t caring about preserving evidence as they are about preserving lives, or things they own. This of course is what you should follow though, when a fire strikes your home or… Read more »

Talking to a Babysitter About Proper Fire Safety

Here at the John Michael Agosti & Associates blog, we’re always working hard to make sure that you and your family are safe at home. It’s easier to properly identify a case of arson if it’s clear that the proper fire precautions have been put into place.   This is especially important for parents who… Read more »