Clay High School students learn how to be arson investigators

Oregon, OHIO (WTVG) Clay high school chemistry students got to see what a combustion reaction looks like during a controlled burn Monday.

"This was a great example of combustion reaction happening. They got to see it consumed," Beth Turner, the chemistry and forensic science teacher at clay high school, said.

After this class, her forensic science students will look at the site through the eyes of a fire investigator.

"They get to figure out where did the fire start? Was it arson? Or was it a natural fire? They have to figure out if we should look for someone to arrest or if insurance should pay for the house."

This science project is made possible by Toledo Refining Company and the Oregon Fire Department.

"I actually graduated from Clay and this was not available when i came through," deputy chief Jim Wolfe said.