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Honda recalls cars amid fire fears

Honda has recalled nearly one in three of its Swindon-made CR-V sports utility car in Britain because of a fault which could lead to the driver’s door catching fire. The Japanese manufacturer is contacting 77,000 who bought the car which was made at the Wiltshire plant between 2002-2006. It is part of a global recall […]

The pop star Duffy fled a fire that destroyed a luxury penthouse flat

The pop star Duffy fled a fire that destroyed a luxury penthouse flat in London last night. The ‘Smoke Without Fire’ Welsh singer was seen calling for her cat outside the 10-storey block near High Street Kensington. She found the pet sheltering under a van, said The site reported that more than 60 firefighters […]

High Court supports UK distribution network operators following test case

In an industry test case concerning five electrical fires dating back to 2004 and affecting various domestic and commercial properties the Technology and Construction Court of the High Court of Justice has decided in favour of UK Power Networks (as the concerned Distribution Network Operator) that it was not liable to the claimant property owners for the resulting loss […]

Manchester Gas Explosion: Homes Evacuated

Around 100 homes have been evacuated after a fire in a factory complex triggered a gas explosion. The blaze broke out at the industrial site in the Radcliffe area of Greater Manchester at around 9.45 pm on Thursday. Around 50 firefighters were called to the scene on Schofield Street as the flames spread across a […]

UK house fire figures could be double official statistics

New research suggests that the amount of UK house fires could be double offical government statistics. Stone Wool insulation provider Rockwool has found only half of all UK house fires were attended by fire brigades in the last five years. The rest of the blazes were dealt with by homeowners themselves and their neighbours. Official […]

‘FI UK contracted by Samsung following reports of fire in flagship handset’

Samsung contracted Fire Investigations UK (FIUK), an independent third-party organization, to determine the exact cause of the damage inflicted on a GALAXY SIII unit, which had allegedly been affected by heat. The damaged device and additionally provided devices were examined and exposed to a series to tests. The investigation summary states that “The energy source […]

FI UK offer a new service to clients, Forensic Laser Scanning

Providing a service to investigative organisations, law enforcement agencies and consulting professionals, Fire Investigations (UK) has a team with many years of experience working worldwide accurately recording scenes to help facilitate speedy conclusions to forensic investigations. Using state of the art technology, data can be precisely collected in a very speedy manner and a 3D […]

Team members get IAAI Evidence Collection Technician qualification

Six members of the FI-UK team join Peter Mansi in achieving the International Association of Arson Investigators Evidence Collection Technician qualification.  Chris Clarke, John Galvin, Mike Flanagan, Chris Lowe, Neil Baugh and Stuart Spence all challenged the comprehensive practical examination at BRE on Friday 22 June 2012, their results were scrutinised by IAAI officials in […]

FI-UK achieve SAFE Contractor accreditation.

FI-UK are pleased to announce that we are now officially a safe contractor. SAFEcontractor is a third party accreditation scheme that assesses our health and safety arrangements. Many major clients recognise the scheme and accept our SAFEcontractor certificate as confirmation of competency.

Brigade smashes safety targets

West Yorkshire has smashed the ambitious district-based targets it set itself for reducing fires and other emergencies. The number of turnouts in 2011/12 were: Leeds 10,593 (3 per cent better than target) Bradford 7,951 (2.1 per cent btt) Kirklees 4,914 (8.8 per cent btt) Wakefield 4,093 (4.8 per cent btt) Calderdale 2,541 (2 per cent […]

Hot topic: lessons on reacting to a solar panel fire

Despite this year’s uncertainty around the feed-in tariff cuts, the number of solar module installations on British buildings continues to rise. Whilst this is undoubtedly a positive sign for the industry, an absence of the UK or European standards means that consumers need to take more care with the installation and maintenance of these modules […]

Wetherby to Waco – DNA lab’s demise

Scientists working at the Forensic Science Service laboratories in West Yorkshire led the world in DNA profiling, the senior scientist at the site said. link The 150-strong team of experts at the lab off Audby Lane handled crucial evidence from a number of high-profile cases for police forces across the globe. But 35 years after […]

FI-UK join together with BRE

It is with great pride that we would like to announce that BRE Global are now full Partners with Fire Investigations (UK) and Fire Investigations (Global). We all signed the Partnership Agreement yesterday, 26th March 2012. We will now be able to offer the full range of fire investigation services from the origin, cause, development […]

Man Suffers Severe Injuries After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

A Florida man is recovering at a local burn centre after suffering severe injuries from an electric cigarette that exploded in his mouth. Tom Holloway, 57, of Niceville, Fla., was smoking the e-cigarette Monday night when his wife heard an explosion from their study. She reportedly said it sounded like a firecracker had exploded in […]

FI UK welcomes a new associate company

FI UK are please to welcome Fire & Rescue Solutions as a new associate company.  Fire & Rescue Solutions are a company that provides services and support to their clients in the fire and rescue sector ensuring that they achieve their organisational aspirations whether working in the public or private domain. They are able to […]

Vehicle bursts into flames on driveway in Fairweather Green

The owner of a Mini Cooper which mysteriously burst into flames while parked on the drive of his Bradford home is in talks with the manufacturer as an investigation into the blaze continues. Firefighters were called to Higher Downs, Fairweather Green, at 3.30 am yesterday after a fire started under the bonnet of the Mini, […]

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service gets connected

West Yorkshire Fire Service (WYFRS) implements new solution to improve the outcomes of fire investigations. The new solution from Active Solutions Europe ensures information is held securely, identifies trends, helps target repeat arson offenders, tracks documents and, importantly, provides the ability to share services with other organisations such as the Police and other Emergency Services. […]

Smoke alarm starts a fire

FIRE officers have stopped giving out free smoke detectors after one nearly burned down a house. Shocked Sharon Gray returned home to find the Fire Angel alarm had ignited. Her house in Bilton Grange, Yorks, was saved only when daughter Victoria, 16, doused the flames. Sharon, 42, said: “But for her, I dread to think […]

Southampton flats evacuated over roof blaze

A small block of flats in Southampton had to be evacuated when a fire broke out in the roof space. Emergency crews were called to the four-storey building in Ordnance Road, off London Road, just after 07:00 BST. No-one was injured and about 20 residents were given shelter in a nearby pub, which was specially […]

Special report – Freezer fires light up regulation concerns

In June, when a fire ripped through a concrete tower block in Bermondsey, a low-income neighbourhood in south-east London, residents initially blamed it on a lightning strike. “It was only later we heard the truth on the television,” said Kathy Pullady, who lives across a chipped tile-covered landing from the 17th-floor flat where the blaze […]