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Propane Tank Fires & Explosions

By Stanley Jaworski, P.E., C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I.
Expert Article

The propane tank is a seemingly simple device, most often found in backyards across the country, hooked up to a grill for a barbecue. However, closer inspection reveals that these devices have been…

Battery Fires and Explosions: Lithium Battery Cell Protections

By Kenneth J. Kutchek, P.E., C.F.E.I., C.M.S.E.
Expert Article

In this article, the electrical engineers at Robson Forensic highlight the safety protections built into Lithium-ion batteries. Failure of these battery safety features can lead to fire and…

Dehumidifier Fire Forensic Investigations

By Kenneth J. Kutchek, P.E., C.F.E.I., C.M.S.E.
Expert Article

In this article, electrical engineer, Ken Kutchek, P.E. discusses household dehumidifiers, with a focus on possible failure modes that can cause fire hazards. The experts at Robson Forensic have…

Lithium Battery Failures

By Daryl L. Ebersole, P.E., C.F.E.I.
Expert Article

In this article, the electrical engineers at Robson Forensic provide an introduction to Lithium Ion Polymer (LiPo) batteries. The discussion includes an explanation of the technology, the applications…

Hoverboard Fires & Explosions - Expert Update

By Daryl L. Ebersole, P.E., C.F.E.I.
Expert Article

In this 2016 update of an article from late 2015, the technical experts at Robson Forensic highlight the available information regarding hoverboard fire/explosion incidents. Our experts are frequently…

Investigating Cold Fires

By Timothy M. Wilhelm, C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I.
Expert Article

To the uninitiated a fire scene looks like char and ash with no discernible evidence as to where or why a fire started. Short of finding a melted lighter or remnant of a match, most laypeople are…

Investigating Fire Sprinkler Systems

By Dale J. Cagwin, P.E., C.F.E.I.
Expert Overview

When fire sprinkler systems activate and/or release water we are frequently retained to determine if the systems worked as intended. In the course of these investigations there are common questions…

Barbecue Grill Fires & Explosions

By Timothy M. Wilhelm, C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I.
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In this article, the fire investigators at Robson Forensic discuss the all too common relationship between barbecue grills and structure fires and burn injuries. They also share advice on grilling…

Holiday Fire Prevention

By Timothy M. Wilhelm, C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I.
Expert Article

In this article, the fire investigators at Robson Forensic discuss two holiday fires to which they personally responded. Our fire safety experts also provide some essential advice on what you can do…

Holiday Fires: War Stories & Lessons from 40 Years

By John Tinghitella, C.F.I., C.F.E.I.
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In this article, fire investigator, John Tinghitella, C.F.I., reflects upon his almost 40 years of fire fighting & fire investigation career to provide advice on avoiding holiday fires. Highlights…

Dispelling Myths of Origin & Cause Investigations

By Timothy M. Wilhelm, C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I.
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This article, by forensic fire investigator, Timothy M. Wilhelm, C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I., discusses three longstanding myths of fire investigation and the truth behind each topic. Fire Investigation Myths…