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Forensic Investigations for structural fires related to chimneys, vents, and heating appliances
O & C Fire Investigations
By Gene Padgitt, CFI
We do origin and cause investigations for fires in and around chimneys, vents, and heating appliances. We provide a written report of our findings with photos. Many forensics investigators, fire marshals, and insurance companies put their trust in us when they believe a chimney is involved in fire damage. We will travel anywhere in the U.S. for this service. See Gene's resume' below.Forensics investigators often accompany Padgitt on the site, and have the confidence to give him the "lead," which means that Gene takes charge of the dig-out and investigation, and the order in which things occur. The detail in this process is very important, and taking photos of every item is necessary. Often, contact with a manufacturer, acquiring an installation manual, and reference to NFPA 211 Standards and IRC codes is necessary before a statement can be made regarding origin and cause of the fire.
Expert Witness Services
Gene will provide expert witness services for court cases. He can testify in court, do depositions, or provide detailed reports and statements.
All of our reports are written by Marge Padgitt, CCS, NFI.