What is the role of the fire expert witness in cases involving fires and explosions? In litigation, the fire expert witness provides valuable analysis and insight to determine the cause of a fire and whether the defendant is responsible for damages. Their expertise extends to fire safety science, arson, fire investigation, chemical explosions, and more.
In the news, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Board deployed a team to investigate the June 21, 2019, explosion and resulting fire at a oil & natural gas company in Philadelphia. Explosions at the south Philadelphia refinery produced a giant fireball which released smoke and particulate matter. This oil & natural gas company is the largest refinery on the east coast and processes 335,000 barrels of crude a day. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the company operates two domestic refineries in South Philadelphia.
A rival gas company established it’s operations at one of the two refinery locations.
On June 26, 2019, the company announced they will permanently shut its Philadelphia oil refinery complex due to fire damage. U.S. gasoline futures rose over 5% following the announcement. As of 6/28/2019, the cause of the fire has not been determined.
Fire experts provide detailed fire investigations and opine on the fire or explosion’s origin, source of ignition, and responsibility. These experts are knowledgeable on fire and building codes and understand all aspects of fire and explosion investigation. Contact ForensisGroup to retain a credible fire and explosion expert witness perfect for the specifics of your case.