Apologies for the grim and gross question, but I’m curious!
I was cooking some pasta earlier when I turned off the heat and drained the water off in the sink. As I turn back, I see a bug crawling on the cupboard above the range for a moment and then fall all the way onto the stovetop. It wriggled helplessly on its back for a few moments and then went completely still, seemingly dead within five seconds.
I know that living things can be consumed by fire and burn to a crisp, and I also know that serious burns can have long-term dangers due to things like nerves/muscles being damaged and a weakening of the immune system. But when actual fire isn’t involved and death still happens quickly, what’s happening to the body that can cause a quick death due to a burn?