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Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned
Posted by: greg.gorbett (IP Logged)
Date: February 24, 2017 08:35AM

I was going to leave this post alone, however, I have had several colleagues that know my work and my opinion on this matter reach out to me via private message or telephone to ask me what was actually said and meant....I feel obligated that I should clear the record on this.

I think, as with everything, you need to read the entire decision and not just snippets out of the document. The biggest concern my colleagues are having is the statement in the order that says “experts testified once full room involvement is reached in a structure, fire pattern analysis, in the absence of other physical evidence, is no longer a valid methodology to determine cause or area of origin” (p.5). And out of context this sounds really bad and not something that I would ever testify to – especially those that know me and my work. As with many court opinions --- that is not exactly what was said. I testified that how the Commonwealth's experts used fire patterns analysis (specifically holes in the floor) in an attempt to determine multiple origins in rooms that had reached FRI was not an acceptable methodology – btw that is not a novel theory.

However, I think the order clarifies this when you read the very next paragraph: “the misidentification of multiple areas of origin based on deep burning patterns (i.e. holes in the floor) that could be attributed to ventilation oriented patterns. Under modern fire investigation methodology, when full room involvement has occurred in a structure, multiple areas of origin cannot be identified unless they are separate and distinct. The holes in the floor of the trailer were all in close proximity to heating and air conditioning ductwork. In a ventilation controlled fire, this would be expected. Based on scientific studies, this would be more reasonable and likely explanation for the holes in the floor compared to the presence of an ignitable liquid” (p.5-6).

Hopefully this clears this up – as with everything the record would speak for itself. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Best regards,

Greg



Subject Views Written By Posted
  Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 1773 John J. Lentini, CFEI 01/05/2017 01:22PM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 846 DLM 01/09/2017 12:36AM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 842 Fire 01/10/2017 02:24PM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 803 greg.gorbett 02/24/2017 08:35AM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 287 John Lentini 03/24/2019 12:57PM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 206 SJAvato 04/17/2019 11:19AM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 180 dcarpenter 04/20/2019 07:45AM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 207 John Lentini 04/20/2019 05:44PM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 177 dcarpenter 04/22/2019 08:34AM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 163 COfire 04/23/2019 12:47PM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 217 greggorbett 04/22/2019 09:13AM
  Re: Horrible Kentucky Supreme Court decision overturned 226 dcarpenter 04/17/2019 12:03PM


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