Fire scene investigations
Each fire scene is uniquely complex. Finding the evidence hidden among the ashes requires a fire investigator with experience, insight and skill. Beyond identifying, documenting and preserving evidence, a fire investigator must reconstruct the scene and test, develop and prove a theory for the origin and cause determination that will stand up in court, if necessary.
Once the point of origin is identified, all facts and evidence are examined in detail to establish the cause. To complement our investigative team, we also use the services of professional, court-proven experts for in-depth evidence analysis. Findings are based upon the complete set of facts and evidence from the investigation. The findings are thoroughly documented in a detailed written report with supporting documentation.
Explosions can be caused by equipment or other failure, or may be the result of a fire or other event. Determining the cause, or ruling out causes, requires the service of professional fire investigators. Rehmann CIS conducts explosion investigations in the same professional manner as fire investigations. Whether the explosion is related to a structure, vehicle or industrial plant, our investigation methodology follows a standard investigative procedure. We begin with scene examination and documentation, collecting evidence and analyzing all findings to identify a source or cause of the explosion.
We provide a full range of fire and explosion investigation services, including:
- Residential and commercial structures and vehicals
- Mechanical equipment
- Subrogation and product failure
- Industrial equipment failure
Rehmann CIS fire and explosion investigators are trained in interpreting fire patterns to determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions. Our investigations employ a systematic approach and follow industry standard procedures and methodologies. Our investigations involve:
- Comprehensive examination of the entire fire scene
- Debris analysis
- Scene diagrams
- Photographic survey and documentation
- Laboratory testing
- Witness interviews
- Verbal and written reporting