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How this fire happened

Result of a shed fire
Result of a shed fire

It may also help to prompt businesses to upgrade their fire precautions as they can see the benefits of good fire precautions in some of our example cases.

Mark came up with the idea because he wanted to change people's perception that fire can never happen to them.

He said: "Unfortunately safety messages of any sort can be a bit of a dull subject and the Black Museum will make it much more interesting and real."

We already have a successful physical Black Museum and hopefully this web-based version will have the ability to take our message to a much wider audience.

We would also really like the public to contact us and give us their feedback and personal experiences of fire - especially if unusual.

The Black Museum pages will be regularly updated as we discover more unusual causes of fire.

The effect it had

An overheated wheatbag!
An overheated wheatbag!

Safety message

The virtual Black Museum was launched to highlight potential causes of fire and to give important safety messages - including the importance of electrical safety.

The aim is to build up a library of images and stories from a range of different incidents, detailing the causes and circumstances of the fire and will often include a powerful impact statement from those affected.

A magnifying glass did this.
A magnifying glass did this.

The idea of Lead Fire Investigation Officer Mark Hobbs; he wanted to find a more effective and interesting way of relaying life-saving messages.

He said: "As a fire officer, I am very aware of the many and unusual ways that a fire can start and also the very real dangers that arise. I feel strongly that our communities need to be able to share our knowledge and experiences so that they are better informed about potential fire hazards and how they can take action to minimise them.

"The Black Museum immediately brings these safety messages to life and can help change people's perceptions in an instant and they are much more likely to listen to what we have to tell them."

Mark hopes that the Black Museum will be used in various ways, including providing firefighters and Home Safety Visit Teams with another tool to use when providing fire safety advice. People can be referred to a website link and can then see for themselves some of the things that the Fire & Rescue service is already aware of.

Further information

Do you have a similar story?

We would be interested to hear from you if you have had a similar experience to the fire detailed above, or would like to raise any related matters or even just generally comment on how useful you found our Black Museum.

Please send us your details and a comments via our on-line feedback form.



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31 October 2014
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