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Slow burn

It has taken 20 years for fire investigators to develop methods based on science. But are they still relying too much on gut instinct?

Jim Kuticka circles the outside of the burned building in his steel-toed hunting boots, looking for charred walls or ceilings that might cave in, just as he has since he was a novice fire investigator in 1972. If ash covers the scene, he still pulls on a filtered breathing mask like painters wear. The rubber gloves ...