Analysis of a Fatal Fire
A fatal fire occurred in a single-family residence. Investigators working for the insurance company performed an analysis subsequent to the fire for the purpose of determining the fire’s cause and the key factors contributing to the fatality. It was determined that the home was not equipped with any smoke detectors. One expert concluded that the presence of smoke detectors at the time of the fire would not have provided occupants with additional time to escape, and the fatality would still have occurred.
Harrington Group was asked by an attorney to review the expert’s analysis, which included the use of a computer fire model. In reviewing the analysis Harrington Group ultimately determined that several critical factors were either overlooked or omitted by the expert. These critical factors supported a different conclusion. The presence of smoke detectors in the home at the time of the fire would have provided sufficient warning to the occupants to allow all to escape and avoid the fatality. Harrington Group’s thorough analysis and conclusions ultimately enabled the client to receive a favorable settlement with minimal expenditure.
Harrington Group determined that several critical factors were either overlooked or omitted by the expert, and ultimately enabled
the client to receive a favorable settlement with minimal expenditure.
By Jeff Harrington, CEO and Founder of Harrington Group, Inc.