Buildings & Structures

From single family dwellings to sprawling industrial complexes, S-E-A's fire investigators have extensive experience in determining the cause of a wide variety of structural fires. Our staff includes professionals who have investigated fires for over 40 years and even some who have commanded large metropolitan bomb squads before coming to S-E-A. In fact, the experts of S-E-A have been intimately involved in leading and guiding acknowledged authorities like NFPA and IAAI with the development of the standards and guidelines commonly accepted in the fire investigation and legal arenas.

Our reputation for ethics and excellence has helped create a client list numbering in the thousands, and in some cases inspired new standards for fire safety procedures and building codes.

Primary Scene Analysis

The investigation begins with a visual overview, point of origin determination, mapping, interviewing and photographic survey.

Causal Analysis

S-E-A team members begin systematic investigations in their respective specialized areas:

Fire Investigators

Identify the exact point of origin of the fire or explosion, and causal possibilities.

Electrical Engineers

Investigate possible electrical malfunctions and lightning strikes.

 

Mechanical Engineers

Determine causal effects of oil, gas and propane fueled appliances and systems, including leak detection, and analysis of transmission lines and sprinkler system operation.

Civil Engineers

Explore other potential causes (wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and chimneys).

Fire Protection Engineers

Analyze sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, suppression systems, codes and other relevant protection issues as they relate to fire. 

Laboratory Chemists & Technicians

Conduct chemical analysis of samples for possible accelerants, explosives and ignition agents; test materials for flame spread and toxic fumes. To ensure sample quality and consistency, and to minimize chances of spoliation, S-E-A maintains an in-house chemical laboratory.

Causal Validation

Causation and conclusions are corroborated with extensive data collection, analysis, testing, technical searches, simulations and in-depth reporting.

The S-E-A report gives the client a clearly written and easily understood document stating conclusively the cause-effect relationships of elements present in a particular fire.