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Keeping arson cases from going cold

University of Alberta researchers are hoping to help police solve arson investigation more quickly.

U of A students help police speed up arson probes while trail is still warm

U of A scientists find way to speed up arson investigations 1:48

University of Alberta researchers are hoping to help police solve arson investigations more quickly.

The trick is in identifying accelerants such as gasoline in the charred residue which could prove if a fire was deliberately set.

That can take two forensic scientists several hours, even days, but now researchers have figured out a way to do it in just seconds.

Find out what they did by clicking on the video above.