Fire & Explosion Origin and Cause Experts
Cissell Investigative Engineering LLC (CIE) offers expert investigation services. Our team of expert forensic and environmental engineers are available to determine cause and origin for damage caused to residential, commercial and industrial properties. From fire investigations to water intrusion claims, storm damage claims to mold remediation claims, our professional staff will investigate, analyze and complete a comprehensive report of the property damage.
- HVAC & IAQ Claims
- Soot & Smoke
- Lightning Damage Claims
- Roofing Claims-Residential & Commercial
- Structural, Vibration Claims Catastrophe Claims
- Workers Comp Injury Causation
- Fire Investigations
- Origin & Cause
- Product Testing
Fire and Explosion
Fire and Arson Investigations
NFPA 921 is the guideline used to shape our investigations. Recognition of signs indicating potential subrogation or arson is our hallmark. CIE commonly performs the Origin and Cause Investigation leading to substantial recoveries. Full arson and subrogation investigations can be exhaustive and usually reserved for high value fires and likely subrogation or arson outcomes. CIE’s value to you supports both sides of an investigation. Frequently CIE investigates products believed to be a cause of a fire. One recent case involved a a cooking appliance in a restaurant fire, the fire event had investigators from three other principals. Reconstructing the fire scene found one cooking appliance outside the hood where a pan of oil was used for frying foods. It was found that the fire originated in the open pan, spread to the “suspect product”, then the cook used water on the oil fire where the splatter caused the fire to spread further. Also, CIE determined that the installation didn’t meet the Fire Code, the HVAC system had a number of combustible separation issues, and the pan frying was frequent and outside the hood causing oily vapors to condense inside the HVAC system.
Part of our investigations frequently involves determining the reason for the extent of damage. CIE often finds building code violations, maintenance issues, installation errors, fire suppression system failures and many other subrogation opportunities.