Investigator: James

Date: 10/05/05

  • call in at 3:04 a.m.
  • large fire on the East Side; historic log cabin of town founder, James McDonald
  • first responders too late to save cabin
  • traces of an unidentified chemical residue discovered in cabin remains
  • drops of unidentified chemical found between cabin remains and main road
    (??accelerant used to spread the fire??)
    ARSON strongly suspected
  • chemical evidence sent to lab for testing


  • Identify the likely accelerant in an arson.
  • Identify a solution, based on evaporation rate.
  • Understand that evaporation rate is a characteristic property of a liquid.