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Apartment & Retail Fire Loss

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The Situation

J.S. Held’s fire origin and cause team conducted a fire investigation for insurance carriers on an upscale apartment and retail store project near completion at the time of fire loss. Estimated loss exceeded $75M. Our fire origin and cause and building consulting teams worked together on this project. The matter is currently in litigation against Oklahoma Gas and Electric for electrically energizing neutral electric lines that caused multiple fires to ignite inside the apartment complex.

How We Advised

Our fire origin and cause investigators conducted a fire investigation and leveraged arc mapping to determine the origin, cause, and responsibility for this fire loss. Over several weeks, our team obtained crucial evidence from a structurally unstable, hazardous fire scene. Our investigators and building consultants worked collaboratively, exchanging vital information to help support our client.

Key Contacts

Fire Origin & Cause Investigations:

Chris Baker, Sr., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, NBFSPQ
Regional Lead - Fire
+1 901 329 4376
[email protected]

Regional Lead - Fire
+1 501 226 2861
[email protected]

David Edge, CFEI
Senior Investigator
+1 615 347 7859
[email protected]

Rachel McColley
Senior Investigator
+1 314 784 6107
[email protected]

Builder's Risk Practice:

Katie Twomey
Executive Managing Director | Builder's Risk Practice Lead
+1 206 895 9522
[email protected]

Keegan Petty
Senior Managing Director
+1 510 313 1396
[email protected]

Related Practice Areas

> Fire Origin & Cause Investigations
J.S. Held's fire investigative team is comprised of the top forensic experts with unrivaled expertise on fire-related matters of all types and sizes. Using a scientific approach, our fire investigators utilize state-of-the-art techniques and unparalleled experience to determine origin and causation, ensuring we deliver our clients a reliable and defensible report.

> Property & Infrastructure Damage
J.S. Held provides support on projects ranging from daily residential claims to complex large losses around the world. We bring strength and stability as an independent advisor in determining cause, extent, and duration of damage; repairability; ACV/RCV; delay; period of restoration; and analyzing damages, schedules, and all associated costs.

> Construction Insurance Claims Services
We have a dedicated team of experts that have consulted on and testified in complex matters involving buildings and infrastructure that have been damaged during the course of construction. We have specialized expertise in delay analysis, schedule review, construction contract interpretation, repair cost review, and estimating.

Our Experts