Uncovering the Truth: Fire Origin and Cause Investigations

June 19, 2024

Crucial Findings: Fire Origin and Cause Investigations

Fire and explosion investigations require a specific set of skills utilizing a methodology based on the scientific method. The origin of a fire is not always obvious, so it is imperative to follow a comprehensive investigation protocol in compliance with NFPA 921 to arrive at an accurate determination.

Rimkus engineers and fire investigators have years of field experience relating to fire investigation, fire science, fire scene safety, and the intricacies of various vehicles, equipment, codes/standards, and building systems. It takes unique knowledge to sift through a fire scene to find data that explains what happened. Our team applies decades of specialized expertise determining the origin, cause, and factors leading to fires and explosions.

We utilize cutting-edge forensic investigative and analysis technology for the collection, preservation, and assessment of vital evidence and information to provide our clients with the most precise answers to complex questions related to fire origin and cause investigations.

Fire and Explosion Expertise:
  • Chemistry
  • Codes and Standards Compliance Evaluations
  • Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Buildings
  • Construction Methods
  • Electrical Systems
  • Equipment Fires
  • Evidence Documentation, Collection, and Preservation
  • Explosions
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Modeling
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fuel Gas Systems
  • Hazard Recognition and Evaluation
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Origin and Cause Determination
  • Recovery
  • Scene Safety Regulations
  • Structure Fires
  • Subrogation and Liability Evaluations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Vehicle/Vessel Fires
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Case Study: Snack Manufacturing Facility Fire

When a fire occurred inside a 50,000-square-foot warehouse utilized by a snack manufacturing facility, Rimkus fire experts were retained to evaluate the origin and cause of the fire. During our investigation, we examined the fire scene, building systems, plant equipment and machinery, and related information. We completed in-depth interviews with key witnesses including company managers and employees. Click below to learn about our investigation and what we found.

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Partnering with Rimkus means gaining access to cutting-edge expertise and unmatched dedication to uncovering the truth behind fire and explosion events. To learn more about our origin and cause investigations or our comprehensive suite of fire science services, contact Tom Young.


Vice President, Fire Practice
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