Arson Hotline and Response Criteria

​Law enforcement and the fire service can request an Arson Investigator and/or K-9 Team, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-252-2947.

An OSFM Arson Investigator should be called when:

  • There is a death or serious injury.
  • The property involved incurs a large dollar loss.
  • The property involved is state property, federal property, or school property.
  • Local authorities have determined the cause to be suspicious or incendiary.
  • Local authorities cannot determine the cause and/or origin of the fire.
  • Conducting the investigation by local authorities may be or could be considered a conflict of interest.
  • Other unusual circumstances exist.