heat-related damage Patterns
By Charles C. Roberts, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
Heat-related damage pat- terns at a fire scene yield clues as to where a fire originated. This article is a
third in a series that discusses burn patterns and interpretations when attempting to determine the origin of a fire. The
first article1 dealt with burn and damage
patterns on buildings and interpretations of the damage. The second article2
dealt with selected case studies regarding
analysis of burn patterns. This third article presents additional case studies not
mentioned in the previous two articles.
Photographs facilitate the discussion
of burn patterns and are unique to a par-
ticular loss. Consequently, this article
contains several photos of burn patterns
from actual losses in a picture book for-
mat to act as a reference when analyzing
a particular fire-related claim.