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Arson conference shares improved forensic investigation techniques

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

The scientific art of investigating arson isthe focus of a 3-day event going on in East Texas.

The 30th annualEast Texas Arson Conference is happening at Longview's Maude Cobb Activity Center.

Fire marshals andinvestigators from all over Texas are attending the event, and learning thelatest forensic techniques for accurately defining a fire as arson.

The conference istaking note of the case of Corsicana native Cameron Willingham, who wasconvicted and later executed for the 1991 arson fire that killed his 3children.

Evidence latershowed he may not have been guilty.

The gathering isfocused on  leaving nothing to chance during an arson investigation.

"If we're going to put someone in jail,or if we're going to prosecute someone for the offense of arson, we need to makesure that without a doubt, that we have that proof beyond a reasonable doubt.That we can actually take that through the court system," says Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner.

The conference ends Thursdayafternoon.

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