Accelerants Raise Temperatures Faster; Not Higher. Fire Findings. Vol.
4, Issue No. 3, Summer 1996, p 13.
Abstract: A common misconception among fire investigators is that
an accelerant burns to a higher temperature than other substances. Section
4-8.1 of NFPA section 921 states that wood and gasoline burn to approximately
the same flame temperature. Fire Findings conducted some experiments and
confirmed this statement. They found that accelerants do not burn to higher
temperatures, but they do reach that temperature in a much shorter time
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