How Investigators Identify Pyromaniacs

How Investigators Identify Pyromaniacs

A fire is an intense force of Mother Nature that destroys everything in its path. It’s hot, and its color is a deep, angry orange that warns us to stay away. It’s also fascinating, looking into the fire as the flames dance and sparks fly. Some people may be just a little too fascinated with fire . . . To some people, the thrill of starting a fire drives them to do evil things. These people are called arsonists.

Though we can’t be positive about what goes on in the mind of an arsonist, psychologists have attempted studies to help get a better profile for arsonists. Psychology.com mentions that early fire-setting by children may lead to schizophrenia in adult years. Research suggests that arsonists could possibly be mentally ill. Pyromania is a disorder affecting impulse control that gives individuals the desire to light fires, which could also have something to do with why arsonists want to light fires. Arsonists could also want revenge on a situation, and their intentions are to harm others.

Regardless of why individuals choose to start fires, it happens. If there’s a possibility that a fire could have been intentionally set, there will be an inspection of the property to determine the cause of the fire.

Unfortunately, fires burn everything in their path–destroying some evidence that could assist with the investigation. When a fire is put out by emergency services, a foamy water mixture is poured onto the fire, which could also damage evidence. However, the fire department typically arrives before the fire has totally destroyed everything, giving fire investigators a chance to determine the cause of the fire.

Arson investigators must interview any witnesses to pick up on any details that could help solve the crime.

The first step is to find the origin of the fire. Often, firefighters will look for what’s called the “char pattern”, which is sharp, black lines that reveal what was burned. Following the char pattern can backtrack to where the fire originally started. Once the origin of the fire is detected, investigators search for any evidence that could have started the fire, like a match or a cigarette butt, possibly. Electrical problems are identified by looking at the outlet or the fuse box and studying the char patterns and whether the plastic melted.

If there is suspicion that the cause of the fire was arson, investigators will completely strip the floor to try to pick up any clues–stripping the floor could reveal any gasoline pours on the floor.

These cases are thoroughly investigated because of the frequency of arsonist fires.

By: KayLynn P.


Do you have questions about your insurance? Find an insurance agent near you with our Agent Finder

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Want to learn more about
our blog writer?

Read more about KayLynn's background.

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Using Your Smartphone to Enhance Your Life

Get More From Your Smartphone with These Life Enhancing Ideas

Life’s Important Numbers

Not Including Your IQ, These Numbers Could Impact Your Life Most

Your Life Insurance Application Can Be Your Guide to Living Longer

The Keys to a Longer Life May Be Right In Front of Our Eyes

The Price of Your Morning Cup of Coffee

Do You Need to Give up That Morning Treat to Afford Life insurance?

What Amount Would You Sue For?

What is The Value You Place on the Life of a Loved One?

Why is Life Insurance Least Expensive for Those Who May Need It Least?

Why the Young and Healthy May Need Life Insurance

The Value of Resilience and Flexibility

Recent Years Have Demonstrated th Value of Versatility

How Long is…?

The Clock is Ticking But do You Know What it Means?

Mr. Cheapo’s Bootcamp

Feeling Squeezed by Monthly Bills?

Common Fears and How to Overcome Them

Do You Have a Fear or a Phobia?