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Andrew T. Tinsley, MS, EI, CFEI
Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Michael Whaley, Criminal Investigator Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USA
David J. Icove, Ph.D., PE, CFEI University of Tennessee - Knoxville, USA

ABSTRACT

The investigation of hay fires has long been a challenge for the fire service.  Fires of this type are notoriously difficult to extinguish and usually require allowing the fire to run out of fuel (or the use of heavy equipment and large volumes of water).  Inherently, this creates a “black hole” for fire investigators as they are often left with little more than witness statements to base their conclusions on.  As a result, many hay fires are attributed to spontaneous combustion for lack of a better explanation.  One of the traditional indicators of spontaneous combustion that fire investigators have relied upon in the past is the formation and/or presence of hay clinkers.  Several reliable sources indicate the formation of hay clinkers is an event which is mutually exclusive to spontaneous combustion.  After a string of suspicious cases in which hay clinkers were discovered, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Criminal Investigation Division conducted a series of field tests.  The results of these field tests indicate that hay clinker production is possible with an external ignition source and should not be utilized as an indicator of fire cause.

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Description

This recall involves Homelite 12 amp electric blower vacuums with model numbers UT42120, UT42120A and UT42121. Model numbers are located on a label on the left side of the red motor housing. The blower vacuums are red and black. “Homelite BlowerVac 2 Speed Powerful 220 MPH” is printed on the side of the motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

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Description

This recall involves Expert Gardener 12 amp electric blower vacuums with model numbers 20254EG, 20254EGA, 20254EGB, 20254EGBC, 20254EGC and 21254EG. Model numbers are located on a label on the left side of the motor housing. The blower vacuums are green and black. “Expert Gardener” and “Blower Vac 2 Speed Quiet 150 MPH Powerful 220 MPH” are printed on the side of the green motor housing and on the black plastic blower tube.

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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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UNDER ADVISEMENT RULING

The Court has had under advisement Plaintiff Barbara A. Sloan’s (“Sloan”) Rule 60 Motion.  Having read and considered the briefing and having heard oral argument, the Court issues the following ruling.

Ruling Document 

Description

This recall involves four types of DD branded single-wick candles: Mason jars in 5- and 12- ounce sizes, decorative jars in 10- and 20-ounce sizes, 13-ounce coffee tins and 13-ounce jars with a holiday theme. The candles were sold in a variety of fragrances and colors.

The 5-ounce Mason jars are 2.25 inches wide by 3.75 inches high. The 12-ounce Mason jars are 3 inches wide by 5 inches high. The jars have gray metal lids. The DD logo and the word Handcrafted are in raised letters on the front of the jars. The candle fragrance and size are printed on a hang tang attached to the mouth of the jars.

The 10-ounce decorative jars are 4 inches wide by 3 inches high. The 20-ounce decorative jars are 5 inches wide by 4 inches high and hold a candle. The jars have gray metal lids with the DD logo in raised letters on the top. The candle fragrance and size are printed on a rectangular label on the front of the jar.

The 13-ounce coffee tins are 3.5 inches wide by 4 inches high and have a silver metal lid. The candle size and fragrance are printed on a label that wraps around the outside of the tin.

The 13-ounce holiday candle jars are 3.75 inches wide by 4 inches high and have silver metal lids with the DD logo in raised letters on the top.  The DD logo inside a floral wreath, the fragrance and size are printed directly onto the front of the jar in silver.

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Past Presidents

Past Presidents

1954    Carl F. Morrison
1955    Varian “Bud” Wadleigh
1956    Lee Robb
1957    Dwight T. Doolittle
1958    William E. Fox
1959    Edwin B. Hatcher
1960    David M. Buxton
1961    Joseph Moorman
1962    Melvin D. Wert
1963    Melvin D. Wert
1964    Raymond C. Bertolo
1965    Charles Cole
1966    Robert G. Bishop
1967    Richard C. Pfeiffer
1968    E.R. Sam Garza
1969    Robert Newsom
1970    Cyrillis W. Holmes
1971    William B. Foster
1972    Kennith M. Hall
1973    Richard D. Brown
1974    William J. Coulter
1975    Ronald P. Hall
1976    Jim Muldown
1977    Earl “Wes” Scarbrough
1978    Herb L. Johnson
1979    Richard Diltz
1980    Gary A. Glenn
1981    Frank Holbrook
1982    Ross Jones
1983    James T. Upton
1984    William “Nick” Concolino
1985    Richard Wiles
1986    Timothy G. Huff
1987    Russell L. Bush
1988    Hal Armstrong
1989    Dennis Wilson
1990    Kenneth A. Moore


1991    Thomas J. Fee
1992    Mark E. Johnson
1993    Doug Allen
1994    David Hillman
1995    John J. McMasters
1996    Jeanne Boger
1997    Wayne Tyson
1998    Wayne Tyson
1999    Peter J. Arnet
2000   Tom Kuczynski
2001    David Chovanec
2002    Wayne Tyson
2003    Joseph Konefal, Jr.
2004    Robert Eggleston
2005    William Kilpatrick
2006    Ricardo Price
2007    James Allen
2008    Loran Blasdell
2009    Tom Derby
2010    Bradley Hamil
2011    William Kilpatrick
2012    Vern Canon
2013    E.R. “Scotty” Baker
2014    Tom Pierce
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