Fire Debris Database


Fire Debris Database

The Fire Debris Database was developed by the National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The database contains hundreds of fire debris sample records some of which are composed of only burned substrates and some of burned substrates with an ignitable liquid. All of the classes described within the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E1618 test method are represented among the ignitable liquid containing samples at various stages of weathering. These fire debris samples have a ground truth designation as to whether an ignitable liquid is present or not. For the ignitable liquid containing samples, the relative concentration ratio is provided. Each record contains the Substrate Database record number of those substrates utilized to create the fire debris sample. Samples with ignitable liquid include the ILRC Database record number of the ignitable liquid.  The intended use of this database is to provide fire debris samples for casework, education, training and performance evaluation.

For helpful tips on how to use the database, see HELP.

Data files and chromatograms may be downloaded for each record by registered users.  For more information please see REGISTRATION.

For more information on the creation and analysis methods of the samples, see METHODS.

Funding for the Fire Debris Database has been provided by the University of Central Florida and through grants awarded by the National Institute of Justice.

To cite the database use the following: Fire Debris Database [internet].  National Center for Forensic Science, University of Central Florida.  [cited yy/mm/dd], Available from: