Technical Articles

May 13 2024

Enhanced Engine Room Inspections

With the United States of America’s Coast Guard, and the People’s Republic of China’s Maritime Safety Administration, both highlighting enhanced inspections of engine rooms following the MV DALI bridge incident in Baltimore on 26 March 2024....

Dec 21 2023

Coal Cargoes: Avoiding explosion and self-heating

Last week, Neil Sanders' article 'Coal Cargoes: Avoiding explosion and self-heating' was published on Gard's website.

Dec 04 2023

Carriage of Scrap Metal - Fire and Explosion Risks

Neil Sanders' article 'Carriage of Scrap Metal - Fire and Explosion Risks' was recently published on NorthStandard's website.

Jul 24 2023

Stronger July 2023 - Lithium-ion Battery Fire Risk

Paul Christensen's article on the topic of Lithium-ion battery fire risk was originally published in the July 2023 edition of stronger, the ALARM journal.

Nov 04 2022

Fires Involving Containerised Cargoes of Charcoal

In recent months, Burgoynes has investigated several fires involving containerised cargoes of charcoal.  Jim Mercurio, an associate at our Dubai office, has written an article on this topic.

Jun 15 2022

Stronger May 2022 - Risks of Modern Methods of Construction

Neil Sanders' article on the subject of Risks of Modern Methods of Construction was originally published in the May edition of stronger, the ALARM journal.  

Jan 21 2022

Assessing Operation of Fire Pumps and Sprinkler Systems

The primary focus of any fire investigation is to establish where and how the fire started but, in the larger scale incidents we deal with, consideration is also given to how the

Nov 03 2021

Britannia Loss Prevention Insight - Electric Vehicle Fires

Darren Holling, a Partner at our Singapore office, has recently published an article with Britannia P&I titled Electric Vehicle Fires, an Overview for the Maritime Sector.

Aug 11 2021

Master's Guide to Fire Safety on Ferries

Frank Anderson, a partner at our Kenilworth office, assisted Standard Club with the revised version of the Master's Guide to Fire Safety on Ferries 2021.  This latest edition was published recently and can be downloaded from the

Feb 25 2021

Stronger February 2021 - Investigating White Goods Fires

Ian Wallis-Guy's article "Investigating White Goods Fires" was published in the February 2021 edition of stronger, ALARM’s member journal. ALARM is a membership organisation run by members, for members, supporting risk

Nov 04 2020

Stronger October 2020 - Photovoltaic Solar System Fires

Mark Cousins' article ‘Photovoltaic solar system fires’ was published in the October 2020 edition of stronger, ALARM’s member journal. ALARM is a membership organisation run by members, for members, supporting risk professionals that support our 

Apr 05 2018

A Master's Guide to Fire Safety on Ferries

Burgoynes' partner, Frank Anderson, has worked with Standard Club and Lloyds Register  to publish A Master's Guide to Fire Safety on Ferries. Read this article to find out more.

Oct 06 2017

The Swedish Club: Don’t Overlook the Risk of Cargo Fires

Cargo fires occur so infrequently that awareness of the risk can slip under the radar. Yet such an incident on board a vessel can have disastrous consequences including loss of life or catastrophic loss of the

Mar 21 2017

Domestic Tumble Dryer Fires – Another Hazard - Self-Heating

There has been a lot of publicity, and rightly so, about fires in domestic tumble dryers caused by the ignition of lint on the heating elements. This article deals with an entirely separate cause of fires

Dec 06 2016

Risk Focus: Engine Room Fires

Burgoynes' Chris Foster, Frank Anderson and Neil Sanders have teamed up with Thomas Miller to produce the UK P&I Club's latest Risk Focus on Engine Room Fires. Engine room fires are one of the most common fires on ships owing to the presence of a wide range of sources of fuel,

Sep 09 2016

Fires in Thatched Buildings

Burgoynes was established in 1968 and its 60 investigators currently investigate around 3000 fires a year, mainly for insurers, both in the UK and abroad.  Of these fires, currently about 15 a year are in thatched

Feb 01 2016

Is Your E-Cig Actually "Safe"?

 With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, the number of reports of fires that are said to have been caused by one of them “exploding” or otherwise failing has also increased...

Feb 14 2012


On 31 January 2004, a fire at the Rosepark Care Home in Lanarkshire led to the deaths of 14 elderly residents.  This was a relatively modern facility with 24 hour staffing and only two minutes from a fire station.  In 2010 a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) heard from all the key players and reported in 2011.  It sought to identify improvements in fire safety that might prevent such a tragedy in the future.

Sep 15 2010


Back in the 19th century, Sherlock Holmes’ ability to notice and analyse the smallest clues arguably made him the first well known forensic investigator. He was in fact based on Dr Joseph Bell, a forensic scientist from Edinburgh under whom Conan Doyle (the author of the books) studied. That legacy of scientific rigour and meticulousness continues today as demonstrated by the Burgoynes’ investigators.

One perfect example of this attention to detail can be seen in a case that involved extensive litigation, but finally hinged around a clothing label spotted by one of Burgoynes’ partners, John Fuller. 


Jul 13 2010


From time to time investigators from Burgoynes have been called upon to investigate the causes of fires that have occurred within sauna cubicles.  Such fires, occurring as they do in sauna compartments that are timber-lined, are prone to develop rapidly and often cause substantial damage.  Where such cubicles are located in leisure complexes or hotels the fires can lead to substantial economic loss.

Oct 15 2009


Senior Partner Chris Foster has been featured in "Burning Desire", published in the Telegraph Magazine on 17 October 2009 and on line, which describes the work of fire investigators and focuses in particular on the "hidden plague" of arson.  The author, Eric Clark, describes the work of investigators from London Fire Brigade and features Burgoynes, major insurers, loss adjusters and lawyers.  Chris points out that "you can't do armchair investigations"  and goes on to describe the general principles of investigation, including recording without disturbance followed by an in-depth search of the scene.