Woman held for fire in Paris which killed 10, injured 30

February 5, 2019 | Brainwave Science


In an unfortunate incident in which 10 people got killed and 30 got injured in a building fire which happened at an apartment in Paris. The Police are treating this as a possible arson. The fire which took place in the rue Erlanger in the 16th district of Southwest Paris has been the most deadly one the capital city has seen since 2005. Among the 30 injured were 6 firefighters who fought this fire which has been described as an ‘incredibly violent scene’

A person has been arrested in this case. She is a 40-year old woman who lives in the same apartment building and is said to have prior psychological problems.Woman held for fire in Paris

As of now, the agencies have begun investigation into the criminal charge of causing death by arson by amid fears that the toll could climb further. The fire began around 1 AM and was brought under control more than five hours later by around 200 hours.Woman held for fire in Paris

At first the neighbors thought that it was a fight, “we could hear a woman screaming loud. By the time she exited the building screaming, it was already on fire.”Woman held for fire in Paris

Several local residents said that the fire had been started because of a dispute between neighbours in the blocks, which was built in the 1970s, unlike many of the older, classic Parisian buildings.Woman held for fire in Paris

The fire is the most deadly since 2005 when an arson at a building in the 13th district of the city killed 17 people, including 14 children.Woman held for fire in Paris

The blaze follows a powerful gas explosion last month that killed four people in the city’s central 9th district.


Here is a case in which a resident has been presumed to been engaged in a violent fight with her neighbours.

 It is extremely difficult to interrogate persons with prior psychological prob lems. The people of the building say that she screamed shortly before the building caught fire. The law enforcement agencies will attempt to interrogate the arrested woman and try to ascertain the cause of the fiery inferno.

However, a conventional investigation often faces many hurdles. It is often time-consuming, labour-intensive and costly. In such a case, a way to quickly screen the suspect will drastically reduce the time taken to come to a conclusion. The agencies are likely to use DNA, fingerprinting or a lie-detector test on the lady. However, the problem with tests like the DNA and fingerprinting is that the relevant evidence is only uncovered in 1-2% of all cases. In a lie detector test, the results depend heavily on the test administrator. This makes the test unreliable and hangs the life of a suspect in the balance.

The need of the hour is objectivity and reliability in the interrogative process. Moreover, with the advent of modern technology and computers, law enforcement agencies demand a one-stop tool for gathering intelligence about crimes.

It would be stellar if the same tool could be slightly customized and used by different agencies which fight crime.


There is indeed a solution which makes intelligence gathering a more systematic discipline. It works for agencies which deal with counter-terrorism, national-security, border-control, immigration, law enforcement and drug and human trafficking. This solution is called iCognative and it has been introduced by a Massachusetts based company which aims to empower investigative agencies with a powerful intelligence gathering tool which can deliver reliable results with 99.9% accuracy.

iCognative tests do not have any known counter-measures. This means that they are objective. A iCognative test conducted on a specific individual with a defined set of stimuli will yield the same result irrespective of the test administrator. This characteristic of the iCognative test instils confidence in the agencies which use it.

To conduct a iCognative test, an investigation must have been carried out. If the suspect in the case possesses crime-related information, then the planning and execution details are stored in his or her mind.

A iCognative test, which lasts 45 minutes when conducted on a suspect, can reliably detect the presence or absence of such incriminating information. This can help the investigative agencies quickly distinguish the persons who are likely to have committed the crime than the persons who have little or nothing to do with it.

The test subject is made to wear a proprietary headset, which records his or her brain responses upon seeing pictures, words or phrases (or crime-related stimuli). These stimuli are transmitted to a computer which runs the iCognative software. After the 45-minute test, the test results, are available immediately. They indicate if the crime-related information is present in the brain of the test subject or not.

To conduct a iCognative test on the arrested women, several stimuli could be used, such as pictures and details of the neighbors who are said to have a fight with the woman, pictures of the crime scene which indicate the cause of the fire, pictures of all the residents of the building to identify if she remembers anyone, etc. We must note that due to psychological problems, the woman may or may not be in a state to be interrogated properly in a conventional way. However, iCognative transcends all these limitations and detects the presence of crime-related information in the brain.

In this case, there is a possibility that the real perpetrator may be using the woman as a scapegoat to save him or herself from being prosecuted.

The law enforcement agencies of Paris understand that all citizens are equals and have equal rights. iCognative treats a test subject with respect, care and doesn’t need the use of torture. In fact, the goal of Brainwave Science is to eliminate torture from the process of interrogation and investigation.

To investigate this deadly arson case and to uncover the real perpetrator and get the innocent exonerated, the agencies must use iCognative, provided only by Brainwave Science.

Main Source: SCMP