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USS Bonhomme Richard on fire

brihard

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It will be interesting to read the investigation; kind of hard to imagine there was anything left for physical evidence.
Probably a ton of statement evidence- speak to enough people, they probably got a good sense of where it started and generally how it spread. I’m guessing that if it started due to active work being done, a couple people probably know how it started.
 

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Well now..... anyone else hear of a disgruntled coworker costing your work billions?

Maybe not disgruntled so much as slightly over confident. It was the Queen's Bank too... extra points:

What Was Barings Bank?​

Barings Banks was a British merchant bank that collapsed in 1995 after one of its traders, 28-year-old Nick Leeson operating in its Singapore office, lost $1.3 billion in unauthorized trades.


Founded in 1762, Barings was among the largest and most stable banks in the world. However, thanks to unauthorized speculation in futures contracts and other speculative dealings, it ceased operations on February 26, 1995. The direct cause was its inability to meet its cash requirements following those unauthorized trades. Even efforts by the Bank of England to arrange a rescue package could not avert the inevitable collapse.


 

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Probably a ton of statement evidence- speak to enough people, they probably got a good sense of where it started and generally how it spread. I’m guessing that if it started due to active work being done, a couple people probably know how it started.
Just a guess but I would venture that there may be forensic evidence as well.
 

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Just a guess but I would venture that there may be forensic evidence as well.
Will be interesting to see for sure; the fire itself will destroy/mask a lot of the forensic evidence, and then the fire fighting efforts do the same. If they are charging someone with arson would assume it's pretty definitive evidence, so probably some combination of eye witness that corroborates the forensic evidence. Can be really tricky though when everything is gone, and not really sure how you would use forensic evidence alone to tell the difference between an intention fire and accidental fire due to negligence on an industrial site with accelerants and ignition sources present.

Especially if the fire was underventilated at some point; we still can't actually model that or make any accurate predictions on what happens. Similarly, hard to actually predict flashover, lots of experiements where they try and achieve it, and hit the normal indicators people use for flashover, without the compartment actually flashing over. Gets really complicated quickly, and generally live fire science experiements are more of a 'close enough' than an exact replica when you do repeat runs. 🤷‍♂️
 

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I wonder what the sentence is for burning down a billion dollar warship?
 
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