Since 1977,  Fire Cause Analysis (FCA) provides fire investigation, forensic engineering, multi-disciplinary engineering, and scientific evaluations to clients in the insurance and legal communities. With the combined expertise of fire investigators, fire scientists, and electrical, mechanical, and fire protection engineers, FCA provides in-depth analysis rooted in established scientific principles.

Our Services

Forensic Engineering

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Evidence

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Technical Services

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Years Established

Completed Investigations

Answers from Ashes™ Today

Fire Investigation

About Fire Investigation

The FCA team of certified Fire Investigators specialize in systematic and comprehensive origin and cause investigations. Adhering to NFPA 921 Guidelines and NFPA 1033 standards, our experts employ the scientific method to reach factual conclusions. With extensive experience across the various incidents you may encounter – from residential, commercial, vehicle, marine vessel, industrial, agricultural, and wildlands – FCA offers thorough investigations to uncover the truth behind the origin and cause of fires, ensuring accurate and reliable outcomes for our clients.

Certified Fire Investigators
  • The International Association of Arson Investigators
  • California Conference of Arson Investigators
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • Trained on the NFPA 921 Guidelines and NFPA 1033 Standards
  • Following the scientific method to reach conclusions
Prompt Origin & Cause Investigations
Broad Experience in Types of Incidents
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Vehicle
  • Marine Vessel
  • Industrial
  • Agricultural/Wildland
  • Appliances/Products

Evidence

About Evidence

In California, we have 3 locations in which we store and preserve evidence. Our facilities in Berkeley, Santa Clara, and Santa Ana are equipped with engineering laboratories, and vehicle examination areas where our experts evaluate evidence to determine cause and failure modes. Our facilities are capable of safely storing items ranging in size from small wiring remnants to items as large as vehicles, boats, and transformers, in climate controlled environments. At each location, we prioritize both the preservation of evidence integrity and convenient accessibility. FCA offers independent evidence collection services, with the option to store the collected evidence, upon your request.

Collection
  • Highly trained and qualified staff to meet the demands required in secure, safe and reliable evidence handling
  • Over 15 years experience collecting, documenting and handling evidence
  • Vehicles, large loss, utility companies, power generation, high rise buildings, water losses, electronics, batteries
  • comprehensive documentation to track the entire Chain of Possession process
Storage
  • Throughout California, currently Santa Clara, Berkeley, Santa Ana
  • On-site Indoor warehouses including racked storage
  • Outdoor storage options 
  • Climate controlled containers to manage humidity and temperature
  • Specific storage protocols for dangerous items such as lithium polymer batteries, solar panels, chemicals and fuels
  • Ability to customize storage for specific needs
  • Strict procedures to ensure accurate Chain of Possession
Disposal

Forensic Engineering

About Forensic Engineering

Forensic Engineering plays a crucial role in the investigation of fires and failures. FCA engineers  are tasked with determining the factors that led to a particular event and providing a defensible opinion of the facts. As a result, FCA engineers work closely with the investigation, evidence, and technical service teams to complete multi-disciplined analyses of an investigation. FCA is ready to provide the  expertise and support of our Forensic Engineers through the fire analysis process. Contact FCA today to learn how we can help!

Incident Reconstruction

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Failure/Cause Analysis with Reports
  • Consumer products
  • Equipment
  • Vehicle
  • Electrical systems 
  • Mechanical systems
  • Fire Protection systems
  • X-ray and Microscopy evaluation
Water Loss Analysis

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Product and Equipment Failure Analysis

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Expert Testimony

Technical Services

About Technical Services

FCA’s Technical Services team provides our clients and investigators the resources to support their origin and cause investigations. Through informational research, in the field services and laboratory technicians the Technical Services team is ready to lend their expertise and support throughout the entire fire analysis process. Contact FCA today to schedule with our Technical Services team!

Accurate and Detailed Informational Research
  • Products
  • Permits and building codes
  • Vehicle
  • Weather 
  • News and social media
  • Recalls and known fire issues
In the field services
  • LiDAR and 3D Scans
  • X-Ray image capture
Onsite Laboratories with Technical Support
  • Non-destructive Exams
  • Destructive Exams
  • Technical support in X-Ray and Microscopy photography
Laboratory Space Rentals

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