Fire Investigations

Fire Investigations


Develop Litigation Strategy

As many investigators know, an early investigation of the scene is critical.  Indeed, capturing a comprehensive understanding of what occured and defining scope of work are necessary.  This needs to done while maintaining the scene integrity.  We, at FER are experienced in the scientific method of investigating claims.  We also determine potential litigation opportunities and risks.

Analysis of Cause and Origin of Loss or Claim


In forensic fire investigation, there are two (2) key questions that a fire safety expert is expected to answer.  The first question is as to “what happened?.  The second key question is a follow up on the first question.  That question is “why did such a mishap occurred?”

Important points to remember:

  • Arrival at the scene is to arrange as soon as possible.
  • Some fire scenes may be contaminated requiring personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Preservation of the scene is of paramount importance

NFPA 921 is a respected guide for forensic fire investigations.  Even though the Guide was developed for Fire Investigators, many of its guidelines and procedures are useful to fire protection engineers and other disciplines.