Vehicle Fire Investigation by Charlie Gardner

Eaglescliffe Golf Club
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (UK time)

This presentation will discuss aspects relevant to the forensic investigation of vehicle fires with reference to current trends, research and case studies.

  • Fire statistics
  • Vehicle fire basics
  • Recent research – car park fires, HRR
  • Case studies

Learning outcomes / objectives

  • Review published statistics on the frequency/types of vehicle fires
  • Understanding of some of the fundamental properties of vehicles relating to fire
  • Knowledge of research projects aimed at understanding the mechanisms involved in fire development and spread from vehicles
  • Illustration by case studies, including high profile events that have shaped research


Charlie graduated from Leeds University and received his PhD in 1998 for research into combustion-related science and explosions. He then carried out research and development for explosion protection firms in the UK and the USA before joining Burgoynes in 2002 and has since undertaken numerous investigations into fires and explosions in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and the Americas, ranging from domestic incidents to large-scale industrial fires and marine casualties. His investigations have culminated in providing expert witness evidence in civil and criminal Courts as well as having contributed articles to periodicals and reference works and lecturing at a number of venues and to a range of audiences, including academic conferences and industrial forums.

Date: Wednesday 27th November 2019

Venue: Eaglescliffe Golf Club - TS16 0DQ

Buffet / Refreshments: 12:00 noon

Talk Start Time: 12.30pm

Talk End Time: 1.30pm ( approx )

PLEASE JOIN US FROM Noon for a hot lunch and refreshments

Easy to get to – just 2 minutes off the A66 at Preston Farm and Free Car Parking On Site

Please confirm your attendance by emailing us at or, reply to this email, so that we can get an idea of numbers for catering etc

  • Yarm Road
  • Eaglescliffe
  • TS16 0DQ

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