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California Arson & Fire Expert Witnesses

What Can a Fire and Arson Expert Witness Do for Your Case?


When a fire or explosion occurs, Garrett Forensics’ team of Fire and Arson experts are well-equipped and highly trained to examine the incident site, leaving no stone unturned in their quest to gather all available evidence to provide expert testimony and expert witness services.


Garrett’s Fire & Arson expert witnesses are committed to providing scientifically based testimony related to fire and explosion incidents. Our Fire Experts adhere to the guidelines set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which are widely regarded as the gold standard for providing expert testimony related to these events.


Their depth of knowledge, combined with their commitment to scientific rigor, ensures that their findings are not only accurate but also capable of withstanding scrutiny in various contexts, including legal proceedings. Our objective  is to provide clarity and resolution for litigation.


Fire & Arson Case Types


What is Arson?

In cases of arson fires, the investigation becomes particularly complex and challenging, as the determination of both the cause and origin is crucial in uncovering whether the fire was the result of a deliberate, intentional act. Garrett’s team of Fire Experts is well-versed in conducting meticulous and thorough examinations in these situations, drawing on their expertise and experience to shed light on the intricate details of the incident.

Determining Deliberate Acts

Our arson expert witnesses conduct a meticulous analysis of the fire’s behavior, patterns, and any evidence of accelerants or incendiary devices. They will carefully scrutinize the scene, searching for telltale signs that the fire was deliberately set. This can involve examining fire patterns, assessing burn marks, and collecting samples for laboratory analysis to identify potential accelerants and then providing expert testimony.



Vehicle Fires

Garrett’s Fire Witnesses are frequently entrusted with the task of examining fires that encompass a diverse range of vehicles, including automobiles, semi-tractor/trailers, buses, boats, and airplanes. In line with our rigorous investigative approach, our experts are dedicated to establishing the cause of these fires, whether they resulted from intentional acts, electrical or mechanical malfunctions, or accidents.


Residential & Commercial Structure Fires

Garrett’s Fire Expert Witnesses are highly skilled in the field of fire loss investigations, catering to a diverse range of settings. Whether it’s a single dwelling, a multi-tenant residential structure, or industrial and commercial locations, their expertise extends to all these scenarios.

In the realm of residential structures, they probe the causes and origins of fires, aiming to provide a clear understanding of how and why such incidents occur. Their assessments also involve considering the potential for subrogation, which can be crucial in cases where multiple parties might share liability or responsibility for the incident.

In industrial and commercial settings, where the stakes can be higher, Garrett’s Fire Witnesses rise to the challenge. Their timely and accurate investigations are designed to leave no stone unturned when it comes to uncovering the factors that led to a fire. These investigations yield comprehensive insights into the origin and cause of the fire, serving as a valuable resource for all stakeholders, including property owners, insurers, and legal entities.


Electrical Fires

Like any other fire, an electrical fire can lead to explosions, causing even more catastrophic losses, including injury and death.


Looking back at the wiring requirements for homes or businesses two decades ago, there’s a notable difference with today’s standards. This contrast emphasizes the importance of electrical fire experts possessing extensive knowledge of codes, equipment, and materials. We even have experts that have served or are currently serving as fire fighters. Furthermore, modern businesses face the constant demand for expansive data centers, servers, computers, and other technology, presenting distinct challenges and specific restoration requirements.


Common electrical fire causes include:

-Failures within electrical distribution, lighting, and equipment.

-Faulty, outdated or misused electrical appliances, wiring and components.

-Improper grounding.

-Electrical components/appliances in close proximity to flammable materials.

-Short-circuits, electrical events (lightning storm) or utility incidents in the area.

-High resistance or loose connections

-Server rooms and other digital infrastructure (can create immense heat).


The electrical engineers and fire investigators at Garrett Forensics have the expertise required to navigate the entire forensic investigation process, starting from the initial site inspection to delivering expert courtroom presentations on both subrogation and liability matters. Our investigations encompass multiple disciplines, utilizing expertise in fire science, metallurgy, engineering, and chemistry to identify the root cause of the incident. Garrett’s investigators excel at articulating findings in a clear and concise manner, ensuring easy understanding by various individuals, including adjusters, attorneys, jurors, and judges.

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