PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A fire expert in private practice has testified about his forensics analysis of an Oxford Circle rowhome fire 31-years ago that killed two young brothers, ages three and four. Now, their father is being retried on murder and arson charges.
Thomas Schneiders, hired by the DA’s office to review the original fire marshall’s report of the 1985 fire that killed the defendant’s two little boys, says there’s no way it was caused by a flashover condition as the defense claims.READ MORE: Injuries Reported After Accident Involving SEPTA Trolley, CSX Train In Darby
That’s when heat and smoke get trapped by a ceiling and at a certain point, 1,100 degrees, everything flammable in a room ignites.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw Claims She's Not Resigning, Despite Rumors Saying She Might Become New York City's Top Cop
Schneiders points to a chair near the front window where a fire would naturally migrate. He says it would’ve been consumed, but it was not.
After looking at evidence, documents, and photographs, he backs the original finding that three, v-shaped burn patterns from the couch, loveseat, and table clearly show it was intentionally set in three places.MORE NEWS: Man Shot During Attempted Double Carjacking In Holmesburg Section, Police Say
Fifty-six-year-old Daniel Dougherty was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000, but he was granted a new trial by an appeals court.