Fire both frightens and fascinates us. Gaining the ability to use it in a controlled way changed the course of human existence, but its destructive powers when uncontrolled — or used criminally — came with the Promethean gift.
Myths put aside — and our guest works hard to put aside myths about fire — fire is created by chemical reactions. In this episode of Crime and Science Radio, we talk to John Lentini, noted expert on the science of fire, and a man who has worked for many years to promote better, scientific approaches to the investigation of fires.
The author of Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation, John Lentini is one of the leading fire investigators in the United States. He is the president and chief investigator of Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC. He is certified by both the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). and is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics, with a specialty in Fire Debris Analysis. He was a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2009 President’s Panel on Scientific Integrity. He has authored over 3000 technical reports and testified in over 200 cases since 1975. He has testified for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, and as a neutral court-hired expert. He has appeared on Frontline, 20/20, and other television programs.
A Basic Explanation of How Fire Works (from HowStuffWorks.com)