Cause & Origin

When the smoke finally clears little is left among the ashes... Scant evidence of the devastating loss to people and property, and even less evidence of what started the fire, or how resulting damages were experienced. The one certainty is that someone will have to provide restitution.​

Hinsdale cable fire remains

Hinsdale cable fire remains

Finding out what caused a fire and its resulting damages is a complex task, It often involves:

  • Cause and Origin Investigators
  • CFI, CFEI, CFVI Certified Engineers, and professionals
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Science
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Toxicology
  • Evidence Collection

And it requires a team approach.

RTI is one of the world's leaders in this demanding field. We investigate and consult on all scale fires and explosion disasters. RTI has extensive experience and technical capability to deliver this comprehensive service including:

  • Fire Scene Laser and Drone Scanning

  • Full-Scale Fire Testing

  • Computer Fire Modeling

Our Creative problem-solving does not stop with fire analysis. RTI is the pioneer in visual communications for subrogation and settlement proceedings. We provide the communications consulting, computer animation, video production and graphic design that tell your story accurately and effectively. Learn More>>

RTI has served as team leaders and principal investigators on numerous major fire loss investigations, including:

Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hinsdale Telephone Central Office Fire - Hinsdale, Illinois

MGM Grand Hotel Fire - Las Vegas, Nevada

New Word Tower High-Rise Fire - Miami. Florida

One Market Plaza High-Rise Fire - San Francisco, California

Power Plant Cable Tunnel Fire - Australia

Contact us for more information at +1 866 327 1165