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Legal Action Resulting from Delay Connecting to Fire Hydrant

Legal Action Resulting from Delay Connecting to Fire Hydrant

A fire department received a call to a fire in a building under construction.  They arrived and connected to a hydrant located in front of the building.  Unfortunately the hydrant, which was installed by the building owner, had not been connected to the...

Do Incandescent Light Bulbs Cause Fires?

Do Incandescent Light Bulbs Cause Fires?

There is a lot of technical information available about the temperature generated by incandescent light bulbs. In general terms the filament temperature inside an incandescent light bulb can exceed 2000 degrees Celsius. Considering the ignition temperature of paper is...

Witchcraft, Hocus Pocus and Fire Investigation

Witchcraft, Hocus Pocus and Fire Investigation

Witchcraft is often thought of as the use of magical powers, that witches are an agent of the devil and that witches use their powers to harm people and property. Witchcraft is one way of explaining human misfortune by a supernatural power or person in the community....

Counterfeit Smoke Alarms in Atlanta

This weekend firefighters in Atlanta, Georgia went door-to-door in some of the city's low-income neighborhoods to replace free fire alarms that may be counterfeit.  The fire department unwittingly distributed 18,500 bogus photoelectric smoke alarms from 2006 through...

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