- The goal of all investigators is to arrive at accurate determinations related to the origin, cause, fire spread, and responsibility of the accident.
- Final Hypothesis are drawn as a result of the developing and testing the hypothesis.
- The origin of a fire and the fire cause, are the most important hypothesis that is developed and tested by the investigator.
- The fire investigator is responsible for locating, collecting, identifying, storing, examining, and arranging for testing of physical evidence.
- Only through the determination of Responsibility, remedial codes and standards can be undertaken.
- The authority is given to officers but private contractors can receive authority by consent.
Chateau du Triomphe House Fire
At 77,000 sq. ft., this $45 million mansion was the largest single house fire in
Fire Cause Expert
Origin Determination NFPA 921-131 (2004)
Determination of origin involves the following:
- The physical marks (fire patterns) left by the fire.
- The observation reported by witnesses or were present at the time of the fire.
- The analysis of the physics and chemistry of fire initiation, development and growth and the conditions of fire.
- Location of arcing.
Determination of cause involves the following:
- The determination of the cause of the fire or explosion involves consideration of the circumstances, conditions, or agencies that bring together a fuel, ignition source, and oxidizer.
- The identification of those materials, circumstances and factors that were necessary for the fire to have occurred.
Our trained fire origin and cause experts are qualified to perform investigations on both structural, trucking, vehicle and industrial fires.
Proper fire origin and cause determination is essential for the meaningful compilation of fire statistics. Accurate statistics form part of the basis of fire
prevention codes, standards, and training.
Fire Computer Modeling
(Room Temperature, Flashover, Smoke)
FMVSS –301 for Fuel Systems
FMVSS-302 for Flammability
Horizontal & Vertical
Fire Pattern Recognition
Flame Vector Analysis
Fuel Systems & Design