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ABSTRACT--

CHAPTER 1 - Identifies and defines relevant terminology — heating system, venting system, flue gases, chimney, vent. Types of chimneys -- metal, factory-built, and masonry -- are identified and their construction discussed.  Chimney performance requirements are listed.  The purpose and function of flue lining are detailed.  Flue lining systems are described, and alternatives are identified.

CHAPTER 2 - Chimney Fire is defined and sources and causes are identified.  Fuels and other combustibles — creosote, wood, soot — are identified and discussed.  Thermal characteristics of chimney fires and the evidence that a chimney fire has occurred are presented.  The potential damage to the chimney, to other objects, and to the house are detailed.

CHAPTER 3 - Thermal damage to clay flue lining is described.  Thermal stress theory and concepts are identified, including stress resistance, steady state conditions, transient conditions, and thermal shock.  Also included are discussions of how the shape of the flue influences damage caused by chimney fires.

CHAPTER 4 - A guide to the evaluation of chimney fire damage, emphasizing the importance of searching for and verifying evidence of causes and effects of chimney fires.  Also, evaluation of other possible causes of chimney damage —lightning, thermal expansion, material fatigue, moisture, weathering, freeze/thaw damage, flue gases, condensation, rotational and differential settlement.

CHAPTER 5 - Application of insurance to chimney fire damage, Identification of available homeowners’ policies and their provisions and coverage.  Coverage for damage under the fire peril is detailed.  Procedures and criteria for recognition and evaluation of a valid chimney fire claim are discussed, as are arguments not relevant to proper consideration of insurance coverage.

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Description:

This recall involves AC power cords sold with Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 computers before March 15, 2015. Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 devices have a black case with the product name on the back of the device toward the bottom. Surface Pro 3 computers have a silver case with “Windows 8 Pro” on the back of the device under the kickstand. This recall also involves accessory power supply units that include an AC power cord sold separately before March 15, 2015. The recalled power cords do not have a 1/8-inch sleeve on the cord on the end that connects to the power supply.

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Description:

The recall includes three models of the Dirt Devil Total Pet Cyclonic Upright vacuums, model UD70210, UD70210CA and UD70210RM. The model number and manufacture date code are printed on a silver label on the back side of the vacuum. The vacuums are identical with black, gray and clear housing with red and purple trim. “Total Pet” is printed underneath the Dirt Devil logo in the center of the vacuum. Only vacuums with the first three digits of the four digit manufacture date code that begin with B14 through I15 are included in the recall. All recalled vacuums were manufactured between February 2014 and September 2015.

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Description:

This recall involves KUL small, black portable fan heaters.  The KUL logo is printed on the front bottom of the heaters next to the power dial. The fan heater measures about 9 inches long by 5 inches wide by 10.5 inches tall. The fans weigh about two pounds. An adhesive label is on the bottom of the heater with model number “KU39229” and “Date: 0515” in the lower right-hand corner.

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Description:

The recall includes three models of the Dirt Devil Total Pet Cyclonic Upright vacuums, model UD70210, UD70210CA and UD70210RM. The model number and manufacture date code are printed on a silver label on the back side of the vacuum. The vacuums are identical with black, gray and clear housing with red and purple trim. “Total Pet” is printed underneath the Dirt Devil logo in the center of the vacuum. Only vacuums with the first three digits of the four digit manufacture date code that begin with B14 through I15 are included in the recall. All recalled vacuums were manufactured between February 2014 and September 2015.

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In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.

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Believe or not to believe…that is the question

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CARLISLE, Ky. - Fire officials say a central Kentucky woman doused her couch in alcohol in an attempt to kill bed bugs, but dropped a lit cigarette on the furniture and started a fire.

WLEX-TV in Lexington reported that about 30 people in a Carlise apartment complex lost their homes in Friday night's blaze.

Firefighters disappeared into the smoke as they climbed the ladder to make sure everyone was out the building.

It took hours to get a handle on the out of control fire.

Everyone made it out of the apartments, but four people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Complex resident Jackie Bond told the station that she lost everything, but "As long as everybody's alive, I'll find a way."

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GM recalling 370,000 full-size trucks for fire risks

General Motors Co. will recall 370,000 full-size pickups for fire risks after eight reported fires. The automaker is urging owners not to leave their trucks unattended while idling.

GM said Friday it will recall 2014 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras to reprogram software that could lead to overheating of exhaust components, potentially causing engine compartment fires. The 2014 Silverado is one of three finalists for North American Truck of the Year, which will be awarded Monday at the North American International Auto Show.

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Coffee Break Training

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and
explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in
2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and
job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary
references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training
and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope,
purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the
quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

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Arson Fires Underreported

SAN DIEGO - A Team 10 and Scripps News investigation found arson fires are not investigated properly in many American cities -- including San Diego -- due to a chaotic patchwork of reporting systems and standards.

Many deliberately set building fires are not reported to the federal government.

Nationally, just 5 percent of all residential building fires are intentionally set, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.  Data collected by Scripps News suggests the national arson rate to be significantly higher.

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Advanced Explosive Recognition 2013

The Central Valley Arson Investigators association continued the tradition of providing outstanding training at their annual Advanced Explosive Recognition class.  The training was held once again at the Tulare International Agri-Center grounds.  This year’s topic was the history of the American criminal bombings.  Guest speaker Ed Nordskog, LA Sheriff’s Department, lead the class through the history of American bombings, from the earliest bombings in America right up to the most current-day events.

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