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I need all hands-on deck for this question please. Normally only paid subscribers can comment, but for this one, I opened it up to everyone and I will report the results of a poll of all readers. I need all your brain power to answer this question.
I stumbled across this video as I completed my last formal article yesterday. However, the more I watch it and rewatch it, the more I remain stumped. I cannot find a good explanation for how this cat died. It appears the cat was sleeping in an abandoned car situated in a vacant lot next to some upscale homes near Lahaina. However, whatever happened occurred so fast the animal could not jump the two or three feet necessary to escape.
An arsonist would have made sufficient noise to roust the cat, and the cat surely would have escaped during the application of accelerant - the noise, the sights, the smell, and the sounds of the arson would have allowed the cat enough time to run away.
A grass fire or wildfire would have allowed a similar time period to run. But then the question is also where and what was the fuel within and surrounding the lot to support such a naturally occurring fire? And such brush fires normally do not burn at nearly 3,000 degrees F, the temperature required to melt glass.
All that remains is a bundle of unburned and intact cat hair [04:32]. If it was fire that destroyed the abandoned vehicle, and there is evidence of melted glass and aluminum, and a partially melted engine block, evidencing temperatures around 3,000 degrees F, why was the cat not cremated?
So that is the question. How did this cat die, and why are there any remains from a 3,000-degree F flash fire that melted metal, including possibly the gas tank. There is intact cat hair of an inch or two in length remaining, unscathed [04:32]. Any and all comments would be appreciated.
Eric West notes, “[04:28] There’s an animal that died here.”
Bystander responds, “[04:32] That must be a cat that was under there.”
How did the cat die, and why was it not cremated?
Thank you all in advance.
J.R. Hope, M.D.
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