My house burnt last August … and in poking through the rubble for salvage, and listing stuff for the personal property claim, the damnedest crap was noticed. We had paper and cloth that survived, and we had metal objects that effectively melted. Let me pop some stuff up on photobucket.
Anart photo on the wall of the small bedroom. This is the bedroom the picture was hung in, see the shelf is burnt off the wall, but the picture fell down and is fine except for water damage but the hanger for a TV sort of melted execept for the part bolted to a beam. This is mrAru’s airpack, he didn’t have time to get out of the closet. Within 7 minutes the back wall of the house was starting to burn through, within 10 minutes the entire house flashed over [he wasn’t inside…] His n hers boots from the closet. Dammit, I just got mine broke in to being comfy … and a couple pictures in through the hole that was the front door. When they put out a fire, they chop holes through the walls, yank out windows and shove high pressure water hoses in. It turns the house into a giant snow globe. Nothing is where it started out. The place was a meter deep in crap - wet fiberglass insulating batts that fell out of the ceiling when the wood ceiling burnt, soot and ash from said wood, anything that burnt, stuff that didn’t or only partially burnt … lower three pictures, the center on is a rice cooker, the wiring is totally gone, only stuff really left is the metal cooking pot and part of the shell.
Now imagine a house that isn’t put out, it just keeps merrily burning along, it is entirely probable that the bodies of the missing kids were thoroughly lost - meat, fat and bone actually do burn at the right temperature range [spontaneous combustion myths aside]
I probably should have also put this in the worst fire thread…