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

Changes Coming for Florida’s Building Code?

There’s a bill currently sitting on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk (HB 1021) that, if signed, will affect the how building codes are adopted.  It’s not clear at this point how fire safety will be affected in the future.  We will, however, keep an eye on the codes as they are updated.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/legislation-would-make-major-changes-to-floridas-building-code

2001 Florida Building Code cover.

Florida has currently adopted the International Code Council’s  Florida Building Code, 5th edition (2014), and the National Fire Protection Association’s Florida Fire Prevention Code, 5th Edition (2014).

 

Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

Car fire from engine compartment
RJ Meier photo

The following manufacturers have recalled vehicles for fire related problems.

Columbia Northwest, Inc. has recalled (40) 2017 and 2018 Aliner Ascape trailers.  The LP gas bottle trays may be attached to the frames with the wrong fasteners, which could become loose from the trailer during travel.  This could lead to loose connections and a fire or explosion.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V330-2955.PDF Continue reading “Fire Related Vehicle Recalls”

London Grenfell Towerblock Fire -is lawmaker failure to blame?

What happens when lawmakers ignore the work of fire investigators? Could this incredible tragedy be avoided?

Grenfell Tower burns in London, England,
Grenfell Tower Fire, June 14, 2017, London, England. [Photo Source: Natalie Oxford via Wikipedia]
Here’s what we know now (11am EST):

At just before 1am (London Time) this morning, a fire broke out on the 4th floor of a public housing tower in North Kensington, London, England.  The 24 -story Grenfell Tower, originally built in 1974, has approximately 120 individual apartment style units.  The tower underwent a $11,000,000 (8.7 million pound) refurbishment, which was completed in May of 2016.  The refurbishment did not include the  installation of a fire sprinkler system. Continue reading “London Grenfell Towerblock Fire -is lawmaker failure to blame?”

Was it really Arson? 4 warning signs the investigator got it wrong.

Flawed Investigation-Arson - Maybe Not
Arson Fire? – Maybe Not

So, you’ve got this case on your desk. The investigator is telling you it’s arson. Whether you’re a prosecutor or defense lawyer in a criminal matter or the attorney for the insurance company or homeowner in a civil arson case, you have a decision to make. Move forward, accept the case or reject it and use your valuable time and resources on another case.

Here’s 4 strong warning signs that the investigator may have gotten it wrong. Continue reading “Was it really Arson? 4 warning signs the investigator got it wrong.”

Pipeline Explosions are far from rare.

On February 15, 2017 natural gas leaking from a pipeline exploded in Refugio, Texas – southwest of Houston. It was the second such incident in as many weeks. The previous incident occurred in Paridas, Louisiana – west of New Orleans – Friday February 10. No one was injured in the Texas event. Two workers were reported injured and one missing and presumed dead in Louisiana.

This type of incident is far from rare. Over the past twenty years, pipeline accidents have averaged over 100 per year. With the number of pipelines increasing due to the recent upsurge in domestic natural gas and oil production, and existing pipelines aging, the number of leaks, fires and explosions is likely to increase. Continue reading “Pipeline Explosions are far from rare.”

Science + Fire +Food +Beer/Coffee = FUN!

Rich Meier, Fire Expert
Rich Meier, of Meier Fire Investigation, Lecturing at Taste of Science 2017

Have you heard of “Taste of Science”? It’s a great festival happening across the US this week where scientists, from all kinds of disciplines, bring talks about their work to the general public in restaurants and pubs. This year, tonight in fact, Rich Meier will be talking about the science of Fire Investigation in St. Petersburg, Florida.

2017 is the first time that Rich Meier will be speaking at Taste of Science. 

Continue reading “Science + Fire +Food +Beer/Coffee = FUN!”

It’s 921 day @ Meier Fire

It’s NFPA 921 task group day here at our new offices.

Meier Fire Principle Expert, Richard Meier spent the day working on back-to-back Task Group phone conferences for the 2020 Edition of NFPA 921.

The 2017 edition hasn’t even been released and we’re hard at work helping to shape the content of the 2020 edition.

Rich Meier NFPA921
NFPA 921 Task group work ramps up for the 2020 edition.

This morning, Rich participated in task group working on a brand new proposed chapter on HVAC Systems.  Rich has years of experience on the industry side of HVAC working as mechanical and design engineer for a major HVAC manufacturer.   HVAC systems are sometimes involved in fires and explosions, and fire investigators need more information to make the correct determination of a fire or explosion’s cause.  Being able to leverage that knowledge from both sides of the HVAC industry allows him to use what he knows to improve Fire Investigator knowledge (not to mention find answers for Meier Fire clients).

Later this afternoon, it was the Task Group on Fire Patterns.   The Fire Patterns work in NFPA 921 is always of of the most important chapters — incorporating the latest cutting edge research on Fire Patterns and their use in Fire Investigation, especially in Fire spread and Origin Determination.

Richard Meier is a Bradenton, Florida Fire Investigator.  While practicing primarily in the Southeast U.S., he works across the country on large loss cases.