Equipment & Machinery

Equipment and machinery are designed to help us complete tasks that would otherwise be much more challenging and time consuming – if not impossible altogether. Unfortunately, they sometimes do just the opposite. When equipment and machinery destroy rather than create, S-E-A's fire investigators, mechanical engineers and electrical engineers are here to help determine the cause. Our staff includes professionals who have investigated equipment and machinery fires for over 40 years, examining everything from boilers to construction, agricultural and process handling equipment.

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, and causal possibilities.

Electrical Engineers

Investigate possible electrical malfunctions and lightning strikes. 

Mechanical Engineers

Examine on-site equipment and machinery for possible leaks, malfunctions, design defects or evidence of misuse.

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.