Meet the ABLAZE Team

Ablaze LLC is an independent firm of investigators, code consultants and fire service and building construction professionals. We are licensed bonded and insured.

The ABLAZE Team stands ready to serve your needs anytime...anywhere

Chief William F. Kelly (Ret.)
Co-owner/Chief Investigator Fire/Explosion Origin & Cause/Life Safety Consultant
Chief William F. Kelly (Ret.) brings many years of professional fire service experience to ABLAZE LLC. Starting his career with a municipal fire department in Connecticut, Chief Kelly has acquired an extensive background in fire suppression, fire prevention, fire arson investigation and post blast investigation. He has received training at several universities throughout the United States and advanced training at the National Fire Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glen Co Georgia. In addition to his training and experience he has demonstrated great commitment to professional organizations. He is a member of the International Fire Chiefs Association, NFPA, International Association of Arson Investigators, New England Fire Marshals Association, New England Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Association of Auto Theft and Arson Investigators and is a charter member of the Connecticut Chapter of the IAAI of which he has serves as a Director. Chief Kelly has lectured and authored several articles with regard to fire investigation, fire prevention and life safety.

Patricia Gallagher Boyne
Co-owner/Treasurer/Business Manager
Patricia Gallagher Boyne, Co-Owner and Treasurer of ABLAZE LLC has an extensive background in governmental management and business organization. Prior to co-founding ABLAZE LLC in 2002 she served as Treasurer of the West Shore Fire District in West Haven, Connecticut and Tax Collector for the City of West Haven, Connecticut. Patricia Gallagher Boyne received a Bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She was awarded the designation of Certified Connecticut Municipal Collector from the University of Connecticut, Institute of Public Service with concentration on Municipal Finance administration and Management; Connecticut Tax Collection Administration and Law; Connecticut Government, Supervision and Public Relations. Other educational courses include Income Producing Properties and the Appraisal of Residential Real Estate offered by the Society of Real Estate Appraisers at the University of New Haven.

Richard F. Boyne III
Consultant - Building/Life Safety Code Specialist
Richard F. Boyne III, Building/Life Safety Code Consultant for ABLAZE LLC offers a vast and comprehensive background in Building and Code compliance matters. Mr. Boyne was licensed in 1993 by the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Safety as a Building Official. He has served the Town of Trumbull as Assistant Building Official and the Towns of East Haven and presently Wallingford, Connecticut as Chief Building Official. At Porter & Chester Institute, Stratford, CT, Mr. Boyne was an Instructor of Architectural & Civil Design. Previous to that he spent twenty-five (25) years in the construction field. Mr. Boyne was honorably discharged from the US Army where he did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Boyne is a member of the Connecticut Association of Building Officials, New England Building Officials Education Association, Connecticut Association of Plumbing & Heating Inspectors Association and Connecticut Zoning Officers Association.

Chief Kelly surveys damage

Fatal Fire

Code Dispute Resolution

Truck Fire