- Nov 17, 2014
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Not sure if this was mentioned but what was the weather like there that day? When it is stated that he would be good with Grandpa by the fire (paraphrasing) did they mean that they had a fire going at 2:00 in the afternoon or are they just referring to the fire pit area? TIA
Warning! This is a horrible post, apologize for the graphic nature. I keep going back to the fire pit. I did some research on how long it would take for a child's body to burn (my internet search history is probably flagged at this point), and I came upon so many campfire accident articles. Here are some for reference
As expected, Toddlers/small children are more at risk for campfire/pit falls as they are wobbly, top heavy, and more prone to fall head first into a fire. Toddlers/ children have less body fat, fat in turn becomes oil. This is so morbid but it is very possible that little DeOrr fell into the fire. If the family had just arrived at camp and built a fire they would have used some sort of accelerant to get the fire going, and most likely had stocked the fire full before they went exploring. If DeOrr fell into the fire he could have died of asphyxiation within 30-90 secs. Grandpa probably wouldn't hear a cry, or see much commotion Unless he was close to the fire and focused. DeOrr would have lost conscienceness in the fire, collapsed and continued to burned. He isn't very big, and depending on the amount of wood in the fire, he could have been covered, or not easily seen. Also, I read that clothing, shoes, diapers, etc., act as accelerants on a human body. Parents return to camp and begin looking for him. He could have been burning in the fire for hours, his clothing, boots, would have been unrecognizable at that point. And the water would be my first focus as a parent, surely not the fire. The only thing I can't explain would be a distinct smell. Wonder if anybody noticed a strange smell that day.
I know this sounds crazy but this seems to be a crazy mystery. I want to know if they had a fire going, and I want to know if they have sifted the pit.
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