Petty, Charles S. Fire Death Identification and Pathology. Fire and
Arson Investigator. October 1978.
Abstract: This article explains the medical examiner's role in
a fire investigation. The medical examiner is responsible for the removal
of the body. The pathologist should transport the body and all objects associated
with it for examination. The article explains the proper procedures for
moving a burned body and storing the corpse.
The examination of the body should provide the identity of the victim.
The medical examiner should also determine the cause and manner of death
by conducting an autopsy. The injuries the body sustained should be explained,
which includes noting whether the injuries occurred prior to the fire, were
caused by the fire, or were the result of careless handling of the body.
Once all the information has been compiled, the medical examiner should
provide the fire investigator with his findings.
For more information, contact:
International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
300 Broadway Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63102-2808