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Behind the scenes with San Diego's arson investigators

Posted at 8:32 AM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 11:32:49-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department gave 10News a behind the scenes look at the specially-trained team that solves arson cases.

Inside Station One is the elite and highly specialized Metro Arson Strike Team, or MAST, made up of fire investigators, police detectives, ATF, FBI and a bomb squad.

The team is dedicated solely to investigate arson. To be on the specialized team, MAST training goes beyond the fire academy.

“You are wearing the hat of an electrical engineer, a scientist, a fire fighter, a report writer. We wear a lot of different hats and we have to be good at it,” said Captain James Shadoan.

MAST spent the day with 10News demonstrating how they perform the task of solving an arson.

Watch the video in the player above for more.