Fire Expert, Richard Meier on HLN

Richard Meier’s latest appearance on HLN.

Sad case.  So tragic.

Thank you to HLN and Primetime Justice With Ashleigh Banfield for having our own Richard Meier on as a guest last night.  We love being able to share accurate Fire Investigation Science with the public.  Rich talked about the science and procedures involved in a origin and cause investigation.  No matter how big, small, infamous, obscure or controversial the case, basing your investigation on sound science is the only way to answers for your client and the victims.

Louisiana House Fire.mp4

MYSTERY UNFOLDING after a wife is found shot dead in a house fire. Could there be a killer on the loose?

Posted by Ashleigh Banfield on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Credit – HLN Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield.  Share from FB Page

Want to see Rich on TV more often?  Please take a moment to like the video on Ashleigh Banfield’s Facebook Page.  They deserve kudos for creating quality discussions on crime & forensic science.

Sharing our passion for science and fire investigation is one of the best parts of the job. At Meier Fire, we always welcome an opportunity to talk about the science of Fire Investigation.   Contact us to speak at your group.

 

 

South Miami to Require Solar Power in New Homes

A new ordinance passed in South Miami on July 17, 2017 will require new homes, and homes undergoing major expansion, to be equipped with solar electric panels beginning on Sept. 18, 2017.

 

A Florida first: South Miami to require solar on new homes

What does that mean for the fire investigator?  Another level of technology and complexity that they will have to understand when investigating a fire at a home equipped with solar power.

Has your fire investigator ever investigated a fire involving solar or wind power?  We have!

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/south-miami/article162307863.html

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/South-Miami-Becomes-First-City-in-Florida-to-Pass-Solar-Panel-Mandate-on-New-Homes-435297373.html

Source:  FloridaTrend.com

 

Latest Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

Photo showing fire patterns on the hood of a burned car.
Engine Compartment Fire

KTM North America, Inc. is recalling an unspecified number of 690 Duke model motorcycles.
On affected motorcycles, fuel can leak from the filler cap.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V388-9062.PDF
Note: While not specifically mentioned in the recall, a fuel leak generally presents a fire hazard.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling an unspecified number of 2014-2015 Coachmen RV, Cross Country and Encounter, and 2014-2018 Coachmen RV Mirada and Mirada Select recreational vehicles.
Vehicles equipped with the residential refrigerator have exposed wire ends, creating a fire hazard.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V396

Lakota Corporation is recalling (152) 2018 Colt camping trailers.
The furnace flue may not have been installed properly, allowing furnace exhaust to vent into the trailer’s living quarters.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V410

Honda has recalled (1,148,466) 2013-2016 Accords passenger cars.
The case for a battery sensor may leak, leading to a short circuit and fire.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V418

Keystone RV Company is recalling (142) 2018 Dutchmen Coleman travel trailers.
The vehicles may have incorrect wiring connectors at the air conditioner junction box, causing a fire risk.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V421

Forensic Friday – Jury Science:  Forensic Experts and Jury Perception.

A recently published study shows that many jurors decide verdicts based on their perception of the expert’s experience and qualifications – rather than their perception and understanding of the scientific rigor of the expert’s methods.  Further, mock jurors in the live study did not place a higher weight on testing evidence in making their decisions, even when they were specifically told that the experts testing methods were not validated by science.

The courtroom
Jury science and the expert witness.

Continue reading “Forensic Friday – Jury Science:  Forensic Experts and Jury Perception.”

Fire Related Consumer Product Recalls

Lumicentro Internacional and Home Depot recall (10,500) Crystal Chandeliers for fire and burn hazards

Chandelier sold by Home Depot that poses a fire risk.
Lumicentro Internacional/ Home Depot Chandelier
(CPSC image)

Halogen bulbs installed in the chandeliers can melt or ignite parts of the fixture, creating fire and burn hazards.
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Lumicentro-Internacional-with-Home-Depot-Recalls-Crystal-Chandeliers

 

This Week’s Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

 

Thor Motor Coach has recalled (148) 2018 Outlaw 29H Motorhomes.
A 15 amp fuse was installed in place of a 2 amp fuse for the awning circuit, creating a fire risk.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V381-6398.PDF

 

Entegra Coach has recalled (174) 2012-2015 Cornerstone Motorhomes.
The engine starter may malfunction and overheat, creating a fire hazard.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V384-4976.PDF

 

Triple E Recreational Vehicles has recalled (35) 2017 Wonder W24MB Motorhomes.
The water heater door blocks the furnace air intake, causing it to melt and creating a fire hazard.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V405-9997.PDF

TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke Fireworks Recalled.

American Promotional Events is recalling approximately (36,100) units of their TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke fireworks product.

A photo showing the TNT red, white and blue smoke fireworks in its original packaging.
Product Packaging
(CPSC photo)

The fireworks can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing burn and injury hazards to consumers.

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Fireworks-Recalled-By-American-Promotional-Events

This Week’s Vehicle Fire Related Recalls

Burning car engulfed in flames.
Vehicle Fire

Newmar Corporation has recalled (210) 2012-2015 King Aire and Essex Motorhomes.
On certain motorhomes, the retaining ring on the starter shaft may break, causing overheating of the starter and the risk of a fire.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V378-5923.PDF

Grenfell Tower Update

The following are some articles related to the Grenfell Tower fire in London…

Image of Grenfell Tower relative to other buildings in the area.
Grenfell Tower, BBC Image

London fire: A visual guide to what happened at Grenfell Tower
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40301289

‘Grenfell changes everything’: Shadow of high-rise fire looms across UK
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/24/europe/london-fire-grenfell-tower/index.html

Grenfell Tower fire: Police considering manslaughter charges
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/23/europe/london-grenfell-tower-fire/index.html

Hotpoint fridge freezer sparked Grenfell Tower fire
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/hotpoint-fridge-freezer-sparked-grenfell-tower-fire/

Hundreds evacuated from London towers as fire safety concerns grow in wake of Grenfell Tower blaze
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/hundreds-evacuated-london-towers-grenfel-tower-fire-article-1.3274380