O. W. Soyk

Central Region Fire Manager / IAAI-CFI / Chicago


Mr. Soyk is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, a Certified Arson Investigator through the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office, a Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator through the International Association of Special Investigations Units, and a Senior Claims Law Associate through the American Education Institute.

Mr. Soyk has an extensive background in Fire Investigation, Criminal Investigation, and Insurance Fraud Investigation. His professional experience includes fire and explosion investigation, electric fire ignition experimentation, full scale fire testing of ignition scenarios, as well as computer fire modeling testing. Mr. Soyk has led many large multi-disciplinary fire and explosion investigations.

Mr. Soyk has conducted numerous live fire training tests for Fire Fighters, and well as Fire Investigators using authentic room furnishings. In addition he has prepared, and presented numerous training sessions for Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Claims Adjusters, and the public. He has conducted over 1,000 fire investigations including large multi-million dollar commercial losses. Mr. Soyk has extensive testifying experience.

Representative Engagements

  • Commercial fire investigation
    • Determination of origin and cause
    • Fire protection system analysis
    • Vent and exhaust systems
    • Smoke and fire alarms
  • Residential fire investigation
    • Origin and cause determination
    • Smoke detector performance
  • Explosion investigations
    • Origin and cause determination
    • Management of multidisciplinary team
  • Vehicular fire investigation
    • Vehicle identification
    • Origin and cause determination
    • Tractor trailer and heavy equipment fire investigation
  • Marine fire investigation
    • Vessel identification Origin and cause determination


  • BA Liberal Arts-Governors State University
  • MA Education and Training-Governors State University