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Cigarette Induced Fires - KBC research in IAAI's Fire and Arson Investigator

August 01 2014

Forensic Science Interpreting The Evidence

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Student Emily Hazell and KBC's employee Dr David Schudel have had their work published in the July 2014 issue of IAAI's Fire & Arson Investigator Journal.  You can read it here.

The idea that a flaming fire can ensue from a lit cigarette in 5 minutes was reported almost 30 years ago, yet the opinion that a lit, discarded cigarette produces flames only after an extended period of time (such as 20 minutes or more) continues to appear in our casework.  This paper services to refresh the readers about this issue using both a review of existing work and the inclusion of some additional testing on hand-rolled and RIP/FSC cigarettes.

For more assistance on fire cases, please do not hesitate to contact Jenny Gray or Alan Henderson at our Durham office.

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