Fire & Explosion Investigations

Investigating electrical/ chemical/ structural) fires & explosions – determining the root cause, working with such codes as National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Codes and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Our Experience Involves:

  • Fire/ Explosion/ Arson investigation and documentation
  • Cause, origin, and fire propagation analysis
  • Testing of ignition temperatures and combustible gases generated by fire
  • Thermal transient structural integrity evaluation

applications include:

  • Process / Chemical Plants
  • Power Plants
  • Industrial & Manufacturing


  • Residential Structures
  • Commercial Structures
  • Vehicle, Rail, Marine Applications

Our fire investigators provide factual testimony – not just expert opinions. They perform in-depth causation analysis, supporting conclusions with quantified results and illustrations – ensuring we deliver our clients a reliable and defensible report.

One such example was the investigation of a structural collapse & fire of a large paper rack structure.

  • Appliances
  • Dryers
  • Pumps/ Pipelines
  • Compressors
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Manufacturing Equipment
Results of Truck Fire
  • Recent Projects

  • Comprehensive Experience

    • Thermal oil fire at a cogeneration plant
    • Alleged arson at a seafood processing plant
    • Aircraft defensive flare box explosion at manufacturing facility
    • Electric induction furnace explosion at a foundry
    • Ammonium perchlorate explosion at a solid rocket fuel plant
    • Propanol tank explosion at resin plant

    Finite element analysis is used often used to simulate a structure and  conditions to determine the root cause of a fire/explosion. Read about our engineering and forensic cases on our Portfolio Page.

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    Learn from the experience of others. Especially when one such “other” is Dr. William O’Donnell, PhD, PE, Founder and President of O’Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc., and ASME “Engineer of the Year” – his 50 years of experience in analysis of components including fatigue and fracture safety evaluations and failure analyses are now comprised in this volume.

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