Mystery persists as to cause of house fire
Original post made on Dec 18, 2008
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 18, 2008, 10:18 AM
on Dec 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm
According to this story, the police sgt. says "At this point, it's undetermined exactly where and how it started."
This kind of statement released to the public is very commonly found in fire investigation cases before the complete facts are known or investigated sufficiently to arrive at official conclusions. The public is generally not very scientifically or critical thinking minded, and therefore buys into these statements that imply but don't say explicitly that little is known. But..... The officials are not saying they don't know what the fuel source was. They are saying they don't know what the "match" that set it off was ("how it started") and where ("exactly where") that match was located at the time of the explosion. Whether the fuel was gaseous, liquid, or solid is likely to already be known based upon the physical evidence and chemical evidence at the scene.
In fact the officials "declined to discuss details of the investigation, including whether the fire, which occurred on Dec. 8, was caused by a natural gas line leak or...." So, we know they know.
on Dec 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm
This house explosion is suspicious!! I hope the lady that got hurt is recovering better each day and for the other families that their houses were damaged from the explosion,you are in my thoughts and prayers!!!
on Dec 18, 2008 at 10:39 pm
I can recall several fires in Pleasanton and the cause of the fire is always released by the Fire Department. The fact that this fire was turned over to the Pleasanton Police Department makes me think there is a potential criminal element. This is going to be sad for all the many people collecting money, gift cards and donations for this family if my suspicions are true...