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(425 ILCS 25/6)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 6)
Investigation and record of fires; Office of the State Fire Marshal.
(a) The chief of the fire department shall
investigate the cause, origin and circumstances of every fire occurring
in a municipality or fire protection district, or in any area or on
any property which is furnished fire protection by the fire department of
such municipality or fire protection district, by
which property has been destroyed or damaged, and shall especially make
investigation as to whether such fire was the result of carelessness or
design. Such investigation shall be begun within two days, not including
Sunday, of the occurrence of such fire, and the Office shall have the right to supervise and direct such investigation
whenever it deems it expedient or necessary. The officer making
investigation of fires occurring in cities, villages, towns, fire
protection districts or townships shall forthwith notify the Office and shall by the 15th of the month following
the occurrence of
the fire, furnish to the Office a statement of all facts
relating to the cause and origin of the fire, and such other information
as may be called for in a format approved or on forms
provided by the Office.
(b) In every case in which a fire is determined to be
contributing factor in a death, the coroner of the county where the death occurred shall report the death to the
Office as provided in Section 3-3013 of the Counties Code.
(c) The Office shall keep a record of all fires occurring in the
State, together with all facts, statistics and circumstances, including
the origin of the fires, which may be determined by the investigations
provided by this act; such record shall at all times be open to the
public inspection, and such portions of it as the State Director of
Insurance may deem necessary shall be transcribed and forwarded to him
within fifteen days from the first of January of each year.
(d) In addition to the reporting of fires, the chief of the fire department shall furnish to the Office such other information as the State Fire Marshal deems of importance to the fire services.
(Source: P.A. 101-82, eff. 1-1-20