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Fire Research

Fire is probably the most devastating of disasters that can strike a building: as well as the damage caused by the heat and smoke, the water used to extinguish the blaze can cause severe problems in the months and years after the fire.

Fire research
Preventing fire damage has many aspects, from understanding threats and emergency planning, through fire-fighting systems, to dealing with the aftermath in a way that does not increase deterioration. © Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Historic England works on developing best practice for fire prevention, and research the best means of preventing damage.


Fire Research Database: a searchable database that hosts the latest information of all kinds about fire safety from across the historic built environment

Fires in Thatched Roofs: using experimental rigs to test the causes of fires in thatch

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