Amherst firefighter Kurt Fawthrop watches as a vehicle burns Friday evening behind the Amherst Fire Department. At least two cars were burned prior to the weekend, which has a 16-hour course for firefighters on vehicle fires. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - How did that fire start?
Firefighters in Amherst are taking in a 16-hour course over the weekend to learn how to tell what caused a vehicle fire.
Wayne Chapdelaine, co-owner of Metro Rural Fire Forensics, is in town to teach the course to about 10 firefighters over the next two days.
Firefighters will sit through a series of lectures before moving outside to investigate at least two, if not three, vehicles already set ablaze Friday night.
By taking the course, firefighters, said Chapdelaine, would be able to determine what system failed if there was a failure, or even if it was a crime scene.
For more on the story, see Monday's Amherst Daily News.