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North Carolina Establishes New Fire Investigation Unit

The North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal, headed up by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey, has established a new Fire Investigations Unit (FIU) to assist the state’s fire service and law enforcement agencies. …

Fire Destroys Building of Award-Winning Country Ham Company in Kentucky

A blaze that tore through an award-winning country ham business in western Kentucky burned much of the 100,000-square-foot facility to the ground. Media reported that fire crews were called to Harper’s Country Hams in Hickman County before daybreak Wednesday and …

Mississippi Tractor Wheel Factory Gutted by Fire

A fire at a factory in Tupelo, Miss., that makes lawn tractor wheels may have caused millions in damage. Local media report no one was injured by the fire at Custom Engineered Wheels, which broke out late Thursday. Officials say …

Location, Inc. Launches Structure Fire Risk Index for Insurers

Location, Inc., a provider of location-based data and tools used by corporations for risk analysis, has introduced a new risk index to help insurers address structure fire losses due to human negligence. Insurers often associate structure fires with catastrophic events, …

Fire Destroys Historic Florida Cigar Factory

A historic Tampa, Florida cigar factory has been destroyed in a fire. Authorities say the roof and floors of the Palmetto Beach Cigar Factor collapsed in the fire which broke out shortly after midnight July 5. The fire marshal said …

Report: Arson Rarely the Cause of Southern Church Fires

As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators said July 2 that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that investigators found …

Edison, N.J., Voters Pass Bond to Rebuild School Destroyed by Fire

Voters have approved an $18.6 million bond to help replace a school in Edison, New Jersey, that was destroyed by fire. Officials estimate in will cost about $28 million to rebuild the James Monroe Elementary School. The Home News Tribune …

Fall Season Reminder: Heating Causes 14% of Home Fires

Heating is the second leading cause and accounts for 14 percent of all residential building fires responded to by fire departments across the nation. From 2008 to 2010, an estimated average of 50,100 heating fires in residential buildings occurred in …