Fire Safety Researcher Calls Smoke Alarm Cover-Up Allegations ‘Conspiracy Theories’


A retired smoke alarm tester spoke publicly for the first time denying allegations he has been involved in a cover-up that some claim has cost more than 100,000 lives since the 1950s.

Richard Bukowski, a key researcher on landmark reports in the 1970s and 2000s was contracted to do work linked to a smoke alarm manufacturer. He said, “These conspiracy theories, these wild claims, they’re not true”

93-year-old fellow former fire safety engineer Richard Patton said, “Underwriters Laboratories approved a defective device,”

“And then, when they did the tests, he at the end hid the data and claimed the smoke detectors worked fine; in other words he whitewashed it.

“And by then Underwriters was in so deep, nobody wanted to say the emperor had no clothes, so to speak.”

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