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Fatal Fire Investigation

All fires have a starting point. No matter how big or how small, fires begin somewhere. When it comes to fatal fire investigations, Casalinova Investigations, Inc is tried and tested with over 23 years of service. Our fire investigators specialize in origin and cause investigations in Cleveland, Ohio and beyond. Whether that be a residential home, a vehicle, or a commercial building, we have the tools and knowledge to get you the answers that you need. The determination of a fatal fire investigation is our top priority when we promptly arrive to the scene. Our fire analysis includes the basic investigative plan - determine the origin of the fire, the method of its spread through the home or building, the probable ignition sequence or cause of the fire, and the responsibility for its cause.

Unfortunately, a fire investigation may turn into a fatal fire investigation if a body is found or a death is assumed to have happened. At this time - the pressure may increase but we stick true to our training and guidance from the NFPA. In 2014, there were 5.5 deaths per 1,000 people in America due to residential house fires. This fact is according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). So far in 2017, 71 civilian home fire fatalities have been reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2017 and September 19, 2017.

In some instances, these fatal fires are accidents where no foul play is involved. Things such as an electrical fire can take place. In fact, according to research by FireDex - 46% of electrical failure home fires involved other known types of equipment, such as washer or dryer, fans, and portable or stationary space heater. We also see fatal fires can happen due to cooking appliances, smoking and carelessness, in residential building fires.

Our certified fire forensic investigators systematically conduct fire examinations using advanced scientific methods. At the end of the day, what we do is a science. We must run through the scientific process, create our hypotheses on what has happened and walk through the steps to verify our discovery.

In addition to the scene examination, a complete investigation is conducted to help aid in the true fire or explosion cause. In order to make a determination, our fire investigators figure out the initial fuel or first material ignited, secondary fuels, and the ignition source.

The National Fire Protection Association produced NFPA 921 to transition our field into a more systematic process. With a new root in science, we follow the scientific method to come to a firm and knowledgeable conclusion about your origin and cause investigation. By collecting and analyzing data, developing and testing hypotheses, this has helped us to find more confirmed results.

NFPA 921: The Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations defines ‘cause’ as:

“the circumstances, conditions or agencies that bring together a fuel, ignition source, and oxidizer (such as air or oxygen) resulting in a fire or combustion explosion”.

The term ‘origin’ refers to:

“point of origin or area of origin, the exact physical location where a heat source and a fuel come in contact with each other and a fire begins”.

When looking for a fire investigator, you should call on us to help you at all hours of the day. You never want the case to start to go cold, or the suspect/investigation get to far away from you. Make sure you call our investigators at the start of filing your claims! Sometimes, insurance companies will make you find and hire a fire investigator to perform a fire analysis, and we will immediately begin working on the investigation.

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