Forensic science student helps South Yorkshire fire team

Station Manager Andy Strelczenie with Christopher Parker.
Station Manager Andy Strelczenie with Christopher Parker.
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Fire chiefs have recruited a forensic science student to help establish the cause of suspicious blazes in South Yorkshire.

He will be based at the fire service’s training and development centre in Handsworth, on a one-year work placement, and will examine fire remains to help establish how the blazes broke out.

Station manager Andy Strelczenie said: “Chris will be a valuable asset as, during his placement, he will be undertaking research and testing work on behalf of the fire service.

“His work will assist with determining which conditions can lead to the ignition of a wide range of fires, and establishing the probable causes of fires.

“One area of particular interest he will be working on will be fires involving e-cigarette chargers.

“The work he completes will further enhance the fantastic community safety work we already perform and will ensure we can make our county a safer place and better protect people.”

An electrical charger was believed to be the cause of the tragic blaze on Wake Road in Nether Edge in April which wiped out three generations of the same family.

n An investigation into the cause of a huge blaze at a disused industrial unit on Station Road, Ecclesfield, last week, has established the most likely case was arson.

Firefighters were called last Wednesday and the flames were not extinguished fully until Sunday afternoon. The former Yarra Plastics base contained a huge mound of plastic.