Forensic Aspects of Fire, Burns & Electricity

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Stoke hospital fire: Man charged with patient manslaughter

<b>A man accused of an arson attack on a hospital has been charged with the manslaughter of an elderly patient who died following the fire.</b><p>Thomas Ashcroft, 39, is alleged to have set fire to Royal Stoke University Hospital and a Staffordshire University accommodation building on 7 June.<p>He has now been …

Crime

Infographic 10 Acid Attack

Acid Attacks - St.Emlyn's

A short post…but a relevant one. We are interested in other perspectives here. Please post comments below.<p><i>Firstly – Don’t use a blog like this to</i> …

Grenfell Tower fire survivor, 12, treated for cyanide poisoning

Medical papers relating to Luana Gomes raise fears highly toxic hydrogen cyanide gas was released when insulation burned<p>A survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire has been treated for cyanide poisoning, raising fears that the highly toxic gas hydrogen cyanide might have been released by the burning of …

Cyanide

Cutaneous manifestations of lightning strike - variability in Lichtenberg figures. - PubMed

1Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, The University of Adelaide Medical School, Level 3 Medical School North Building, Frome Road, Adelaide, 5005, …

Medicine

Woman dies of ‘horrific’ injuries nearly two years after her ex set her on fire

A woman who was doused with petrol and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, has died nearly two years after the attack.<p>Judy Malinowski suffered fourth …

Crime

Grenfell Tower, June, 2017: a poem by Ben Okri

It was like a burnt matchbox in the sky.<br>It was black and long and burnt in the sky.<br>You saw it through the flowering stump of trees.<br>You saw it beyond …

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing more than 150

People described as rushing to highway to try to gather leaking fuel from crashed vehicle and being caught in blast<p>An overturned oil tanker exploded in a huge fireball in Pakistan on Sunday killing more than 150 people, including many women and children, who had rushed to the site to collect fuel …

Pakistan

London fire: A visual guide to what happened at Grenfell Tower

<b>Thirty people have died and many more are missing after a huge fire engulfed a west London tower block.</b><p>While some residents of Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey building in north Kensington, escaped as the fire took hold on 14 June, others were trapped inside, eyewitnesses said. A number of injured …

London

BBC Panorama 2017 - London Tower Fire: Britain's Shame

Grenfell Tower disaster: how did the fire spread so quickly?

In the middle of the night, while most residents were sleeping, a devastating fire started at Grenfell Tower in London. The emergency response was …

Long and complex forensic investigation ahead for Grenfell Tower

Recovering victims’ remains is a priority, with experts confident every person will be found. But establishing fire’s cause will take months, they say<p>Forensic experts have spoken of the extraordinarily complex investigation that lies ahead at Grenfell Tower and predicted that establishing the …

London Fire Brigade

More great finds in the @WellcomeLibrary archives today about @CAPTcharity's work on burn & scald accidents to children in the 1980s. https://t.co/znLXNzcBUr

Deadly blaze engulfs west London tower block - video report

A number of people are dead after a huge blaze devastated a 24-storey apartment block in west London. At least 200 firefighters and 40 engines are on the scene of a massive fire at Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, near Notting Hill<p>Witness describes scene at massive blaze in London tower block – …

Tower Block

Thunderbolts and lightning

Fire in the sky has always exerted a powerful hold on our imagination, even as early scientists started unlocking the secrets of atmospheric …

This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning

Lightning

Electrical injury

What you need to knowElectrical injuries are relatively uncommon but can be life threatening, causing extensive burns or internal organ damageWet …

Medicine

A mystery with a shocking twist: Death by indoor lightning

An illuminating study on a very strange demise<p><i>Caution: This article contains descriptions that may be disturbing to some people.</i><p>Recently, in an undisclosed place and time, police wandered onto a grisly and unusual scene.<p>That day, a 53-year-old man had been renovating his cottage alone when he …

Lightning

A fire investigator in Wales has given us an insight into the job

From accidental fires in the home to the deliberate grass fires which parts of Wales have recently seen, fire crews are continually put to the test …

Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

<b>Skin creams containing paraffin have been linked to dozens of fire deaths across England, the BBC has learned.</b><p>The products for conditions like eczema and psoriasis can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze.<p>If people use the creams regularly but do not often change clothes or bedding, …

London Fire Brigade

Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning | CDC Features

Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning<b>Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13, 2016. As you prepare to set your clocks forward one hour,</b> …

Home Improvement

Mother drugged 9-year-old daughter and burnt her to death amid bitter custody battle

A Canadian woman has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of her nine-year-old daughter.<p>Laura Coward was arrested in Alberta, Canada, in August 2014, two days after her daughter Amber Lucius was reported missing.<p>At the time Ms Coward's divorce from Amber's father, …

Crime

Electrical Injury — Pediatric EM Morsels

Children are often more susceptible to environmental exposures and injuries. We have previously discussed injuries related to submersions, …

Medicine

Human remains found at scene of Oxford explosion and fire

Authorities have informed family of 48-year-old man who has been unaccounted for since the blast in block of flats<p>Human remains have been discovered in the rubble left after an explosion and fire that destroyed a block of flats in Oxford last week.<p>Authorities have informed the family of a …

Crime

Sulphuric acid is all too readily available in the UK

Bangladesh may have restricted the sale of acid in order to reduce assaults (Letters, 16 February) but in the UK the opposite has happened. Thanks to the last government’s obsession with deregulation, anyone can now buy full-strength sulphuric acid provided that they do not look “suspicious”. This …

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Acid attacks were a stain on Victorian Britain. Now they are returning

These cruel assaults are more often linked to patriarchal societies. But in Britain, where sulphuric acid was first manufactured, cases are once again on the rise<p>The victim of what some newspapers described as Britain’s “first fatal acid attack” died last month in a Belgian hospital. Mark van …

Extremism

This is frostbite on the hands of a refugee who arrived into Lesbos on Friday. @RefugeeRescueUK were there to help the scared and the sick. https://t.co/MbqtZWvobC

Lightning Learning: Burns #1 (Depth)

“An ongoing series of learning bites for our department, those working in EM and beyond...”— advice is based on our local guidelines which may differ …

Lightning