On June 27, 2014, AEI Corporation conducted the inaugural Flashover Fridays event at their office in Littleton, CO. Several attorneys, insurance industry professionals and first responders attended to learn about fire behavior first-hand.
The inaugural burn simulated a type of fire that occurs all too often, kitchen fires resulting from heating oil being left unattended on a stove top. The NFPA reports that the type of cooking equipment involved in 57% of all cooking fires are ranges or cook tops.
The burn cell was equipped with a full set of cabinets, an electric range, a dinette set and an overstuffed chair. Vinyl flooring was used along with a throw rug.
One quart of canola oil in a cast iron skillet was placed on a stove top burner turned to a high setting. Auto ignition occurred 33 minutes after at a temperature of 710 degrees F.
Approximately 10 minutes after auto ignition, flashover occurred with temperatures at 1,500 to 1,700 degrees F.
A sprinkler system, with the assistance of the fire department, extinguished the blaze. The photo below shows the resulting damage and fire patterns. The scientific data collected during this burn will be used to keep AEI at the leading edge of forensic engineering.
Let us know what scenarios you would like to see at future burns. Email your suggestions to carol@AEIengineers.com.