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EXPLOSIONS CALLED 'AN EPIDEMIC'

as reported by Juniper Rose of the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

Explosions, fires and hospitalizations stemming from homemade hash oil operations have led to a spike in prosecutions of hash oil manufacturers.

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Report Receipt Date: JUN 30, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V381000 SUMMARY:

Nova Bus is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 LFS transit buses manufactured June 2010 to June 2014. In the affected vehicles, the terminal on the postive alternator cable may fracture causing the cable to arc to other components.

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Recall Date: August 14, 2014
Recall Number: 14-256

Description:

This recall involves Vornado VH110 Whole Room Vortex electric space heaters sold in two colors, black and white.  The heaters measure about 10.5 inches high, 9 inches deep and 10.5 inches at the base growing narrower at the top.  The on/off switch and the high/low heat settings are located on top of the unit.  The Vornado logo appears with a gray “V” on the front of the unit. Recalled heaters have the numbers 1 and 3 as the fourth and fifth digits of the serial number.  The model and serial numbers appear on a silver decal located on the bottom of the unit.

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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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ABSTRACT

Many times, a fire investigator will conclude that a device was electrically energized at the time of a fire based on the presence of a bead on a wire.  If an energized device is present in the area of origin, it is likely that it will be considered as a potential cause of a fire.  Some training guides put forth that beads can only be formed from arcing on wires that were electrically energized when they were exposed to a fire or caused a fire.  Therefore, the presence or absence of a bead on a wire can have a strong influence on the direction of a fire investigation.  Hence, it is important to have a clear understanding of the various electrical and thermal conditions which can produce beads on electrical wires.

The main objective of this research was to determine, experimentally, if distinguishing characteristics exist between energized and non-energized wires subjected to various types of fire exposures.  The large majority of research published in the literature has not tested energized and non-energized wires under the same conditions.  A total of more than 190 wires were tested under various fire conditions.  Wire types included 12-gauge and 14-gauge solid conductors and 16-gauge and 18-gauge stranded conductors.  The tests were conducted using a bench-scale, premixed flame impingement apparatus, a bench-scale 125 kW/m2 radiant tunnel apparatus, a 2/5-scale flashover compartment, and a full-scale flashover compartment.  The use of various types of exposure conditions ensured that the characteristics on the wires (or lack thereof) were not caused by one specific type of thermal insult.  Wires were tested in both an energized and non-energized state.  Energized wires were tested under “load” and “no load” conditions.  Under load conditions, the energized wires were plugged into a 110-120 volt power source with 9 to 13 amps of current.  Under “no load” conditions, the wires were plugged into the power supply, but no current was flowing in the circuit. 

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Recall Date: August 7, 2014
Recall Number: 14-252

Description:

This recall involves lighted night stands sold in three different styles and finishes. The night stands are made of wood, have two drawers, a power strip on the back panel and a 20 watt halogen bulb on the underside of the bottom panel. Recalled models include: 244-421 Willow Run in a toffee finish, 245-421 Willow Run in a white finish and 237-420 Americana in a medium oak finish.  They measure about 22 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 27 inches high. “Lea” and the model number are printed on a label on the back of the night stands. There are two touch buttons on either side of the side panels which operate the nightstand’s lamp.

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Investigation Nabs Suspects in Car Fire That Seriously Injured LAFD Captain

The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to announce the arrest of Maria Porras, 35 and Rigoberto Diaz, 37 both of Los Angeles, in conjunction with an auto-insurance fraud scheme involving an auto fire which occurred near Elysian Park in January 2011.

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Citronella Candle Hazard

Members and Friends

As you all are aware, we at CCAI want you to be informed. Therefore, I will relate to you an incident that happened in Irvine, CA.

A young school teacher was living in an upscale three story apartment complex on the second floor. The apartment had one bathroom, one bedroom, a living room, and a kitchen area off the living room. The ceiling above the kitchen was at 7 feet while the rest of the apartment was standard height of 8 feet. The apartment has fire sprinklers and one sprinkler is located above the kitchen counter and would reflect water onto the range and counter top if activated.

For some reason the school teacher was burning a Citronella candle on the counter top adjacent to the sink. The candle she purchased was in a small metal bucket with a hoop handle; the candle was not confined in glass. The teacher was washing dishes in the sink when her cat jumped onto the counter top and knocked over the bucket containing the candle. She reacted and reached for the toppled candle with both hands. In one hand she had a glass that she was washing, which contained an amount of water. Some of the water went into the bucket with the candle. A flame came out of the bucket and caused the sprinkler to activate. The water from the sprinkler also got into the bucket and there was an explosion. This entire event happened in a matter of seconds. 

The thought of a candle exploding was a mystery to me and investigator partner, Harry Hatch. We checked several stores trying to purchase the same type of candle the school teacher had described, but no luck. We wanted to see just what the candle would do and also prove or disprove the event.

After looking up Citronella candle fires on the net, we were very surprised to learn that yes, if you add water to a burning Citronella candle it will flare up and sometimes cause an explosion. We all learn something all the time. Be informed and go to yahoo, type in Citronella candle fires and have a look at the videos; you may be as surprised as we were.

Do not be afraid to write us with your hints or new investigation experiences. CCAI is in the business to keep you up to date and informed.

Be Careful Out There
Brad Hamil
Past President
2010

Menifee Man Arrested on Arson Charges

On the evening of Monday, September 5, 2011 at 5:13 p.m., CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters responded to the report of a structure fire at 32870 Sussex States St. in Menifee.

The first arriving engine company found a two-story residence with smoke showing. The fire was contained to the first floor and firefighters remained at the scene several hours for overhaul. One adult female was transported to a local hospital via ground ambulance for smoke inhalation and was displaced from the home due to extensive fire damage.

CAL FIRE Investigators detained and arrested 45-year-old Edwin Monsen at the scene. Edwin was transported to the Detention Center, where he was charged with Arson (PC 451 (b)), Spousal Abuse (PC 273.5) and killing an animal (PC 597).

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office is handling the case. For more information please contact Senior Public Information Specialist John Hall at 951-955-8662.



Author:CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Dept. Press Release

Arrest Made in Bloomington High School Fire Ruled Arson

On May 21, 2011 San Bernardino County firefighters responded to an early morning commercial structure fire at the administrative building at Bloomington High School.

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CAL FIRE Sends DC-10 to Assist With Arizona Wildfire

One of the nation's only DC-10 Very Large Airtankers left California Thursday morning to assist in fighting the wildfire burning in Arizona, according to Bill Peters, a spokesman for CAL FIRE. The DC-10 left its base in Victorville following a request from the United States Forest.

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