Anatomy of an Arson – October 12, 6:30 p.m. at CADA


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Hickory smoked adobo chicken: marinated grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed peppers and onions in a garlic-roasted cilantro cream sauce with cilantro lime rice served with a roasted pear salad-roasted pears, blue cheese and toasted pecans atop a bed of spring greens with walnut raspberry vinaigrette.


On the night of March 7, 2003, while a dad and his three young children slept in their Colorado Springs home, a fire broke out. Only one of them would leave alive. Bob Toth, fire investigator, was tasked with piecing together the clues the fire had left to discover exactly what happened. Join us as Bob walks us through the events of the evening and the clues and find out exactly what happened, and why. The fire tells the story since the victims can’t.

Bio: Robert Toth’s professional career started with nearly 21 years in the fire service. The last 10 years included law enforcement and conducting fire investigations in both the public and private sector. Retiring from the fire service in 2002, he started IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc. and has conducted and assisted in origin and cause investigations in Colorado, surrounding states, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

In addition to running his business, Robert is also sought after for his lectures and presentations on fire investigations, NFPA 921, interviewing, internet technology, and digital photography training. He has presented various topics to public agencies and private enterprises across the United States, in Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Botswana, and South Africa.

He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter, and past director of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Currently, he is a member of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Fire Scene and Explosives Subcommittee’s Documentation and Report Writing Task Group.