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Under Title 40:1566 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes, the Fire Department of any jurisdiction in the state is required to investigate the cause, origin and circumstances of every fire occurring within their jurisdiction. Any fire in which damage or destruction to property has occurred shall have the cause origin and circumstances surrounding the fire investigated. If the origin and cause cannot be determined and undetermined does not suffice, an investigator from the Louisiana office of the State Fire Marshal can be requested for further assistance. A request for an Louisiana office of the State Fire Marshal  investigator shall also be made if there is any loss of life, or injuries to persons or if it is determined that the fire is the result of criminal neglect or carelessness on the part of the owner, occupant or a third party.



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