Monthly Archives: November 2014

The National Fire Protection Agency Turns up the Heat on Hypothesis Testing in its 2014 Version of NFPA 921

The fire community is continuously evolving to recognize changes in science, technology and the legal implications of fire investigations.   NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 921 Guide for Fire and Explosions Investigations, is a guide that seeks to educate the fire community about the current acceptable method of fire investigations. In order to do so, the committee of professionals that authors the guide publishes new versions every three years.  NFPA 921 was first published in 1992 and since has evolved into a document regarded by…

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Insurance Compnay Gets Burned For Unsupported Arson Allegation

A Superior Court Judge sent a costly message to Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Company after it declined to pay a policyholder for losses suffered in a residential fire based on its own findings that the fire was intentionally set. The fire occurred on February 26, 2009, in Pomfret, Connecticut. Local fire officials determined that the fire was accidental and likely caused by faulty wiring. Travelers, however, claimed that its insured poured kerosene in the home and ignited it.

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