Weber, James, A., et al. Fatal Fire Investigation. September 1981.
Abstract: This research paper provides information for investigators
in the areas of victim identification, position of the body, and cause of
death. All three of these areas provide important information to investigators.
This article explains the different procedures pathologists will perform
to identify victims. It also explains the importance of the victim's location,
position, and appearance. This information offers important elements of
the fire to the investigators. The position of the body will often indicate
whether the person was responsible for igniting the fire. The appearance
and position of the body also reveal what the person was doing when death
The article explains the methods pathologists use to determine the cause
of death. The pathologist can also determine the manner of death. Manner
of death is a classification described in the terms natural, accidental,
homicide, or suicide. This conclusion helps investigators determine whether
the fire was accidental or incendiary.