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LCC-LFB Defective paraffin heater, fire investigation

A photograph taken for evidence of a paraffin heater which started a fire due to a defective ON/OFF control knob that could not be switched off

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1963 Appliance Cardboard Control Cosmic Dangerous Defective Evidence Harrison Heater Heaters Incident Incidents Investigation Knob Paraffin Radiator Radiators Started Switch Switched


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In this evocative photograph taken by the London Fire Brigade in the 1960s, a defective paraffin heater is shown as the focus of a fire investigation. The heater, with its cosmic blue flames dancing inside the rust-colored metal casing, sits atop a radiator, surrounded by the remnants of a charred room. The heater's control knob, a simple round knob with a white ON/OFF indicator, lies discarded on the floor, a testament to its failure to perform its most basic function. The paraffin heater, a common household appliance during the 1960s, was used to provide warmth and comfort during the colder months. However, as seen in this incident, they could pose a significant danger when not properly maintained or when defective. In this case, the ON/OFF control knob could not be switched off, leading to an unfortunate and potentially devastating outcome. The London Fire Brigade, a vital organization dedicated to keeping Londoners safe, responded to countless incidents like this one. Their tireless efforts to investigate the cause of fires and prevent future incidents were crucial in reducing the number of fires in the city. This photograph serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining household appliances and ensuring they are in good working order to prevent such incidents from occurring. The scene is set against a backdrop of cardboard boxes and other household items, adding to the sense of everyday life disrupted by the fire. The photograph, with its muted colors and somber mood, captures the seriousness and gravity of the situation, making it a powerful reminder of the potential dangers lurking in even the most common household items.

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