What do I need to know?

  • the address or location of the fire, or
  • the name of the company or
  • the person/s who owned the property.

The depictions in some photographs in these records can be upsetting for some researchers.  Private spaces are available in our reading room close reading room Definition Area set aside at PROV centres for public access to records and research (formerly known as ‘search rooms’). Visit the Contact us page for more. for people who wish to view inquest close inquest Definition A court hearing conducted by the Coroner, in which the circumstances surrounding a death are examined; usually open to the public. records in private.

How do I search?

Search by keywords and then filter by date on the search results page

About these records

Fire inquest files are the records created during inquests conducted by the Coroner’s Court into the cause and origin of fires. Each investigation relates solely to the cause and origin of a fire and not into any deaths caused by a fire.

The records in this series cover the period 1858 to 1940. However, if the investigation led to criminal charges of arson, the records will be contained in criminal trial briefs.

Records from fire inquests that occurred between 1940-1959, can be found in inquest records.For records from 1959- 1985, see autopsy and investigation records.

Next Steps

Once you have found records of interest to you, order close order Definition Physical records can be ordered for viewing in PROV’s reading rooms.  When a user orders a record, it is reserved solely for their use. them online and then view in our Reading room.

What are in these records?

The content close content Definition The actual information in a record (as distinct from its context). of the records varies over time.

Each file close file Definition An accumulation of documents relating to the same subject, person, activity or transaction that are kept together.  Documents in a file are usually, but not always, fastened together.  Files are usually arranged in an identifiable sequence (e.g. numerical or alphabetical). may contain:

  • names of the deceased, accused persons, Coroner and jury members
  • depositions of witnesses called
  • police reports
  • exhibits
  • documents relating to the payment of a fee that was required for an inquest to be conducted.