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Glendale Fire Department Research Paper

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According the website of The Glendale Fire Department in California, the mission of the department is to “protect life and property by providing the highest level of service to the community”. Every year millions of firefighters, and fire investigators take an oath similar to the mission of the Glendale Fire Department. For the most part, many of the people who take these oaths value their jobs and work tirelessly to uphold the missions of their departments. Unfortunately, there are also people such a John Orr, who take the same oath to protect life and property but instead use their position to cause devastation and destruction.
Arson is define as “any willful or malicious burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud,
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According to William Braun, two element must be proven by the persecution in order to secure a conviction for arson. Just as in all criminal cases, the prosecution must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The persecution first burden of proof is proving that the fire was caused by the willful criminal act of some person. Secondly they must prove that the defendant is the one responsible for the fire (Braun, 1950). In his article, Braun stated that it would be next to impossible ever to procure a conviction, mainly due to the fact that arson a crime committed under cover of darkness, and when there is no human eye to see” (Braun, 1950). However, sometimes blinded by their desires to start fires, some arsonist slip up and leave enough evidence for the persecution to secure a…show more content…
Arson investigator determined that the fire was started by an electrical malfunction. However; Orr, an arson investigator at the time contended that the fire was the work of an arsonist. After further investigation, the fire was determined to be caused by a highly flammable polyurethane products. The highly- flammable products were the reason for the rapid flashover. After his arrest and conviction for a series of non-related fires in 1991, investigators re-evaluated the South Pasadena hardware store fire. Based on Orr’s very detailed description of afire with eerily similar detail to that of the hardware store in his novel Points of Origin, and circumstantial evidence. Orr convicted was of four counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 25, 1998 (Bovsun,
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