Category Archives: Fire Damage

Examples of Heat Damage from a Nearby Fire

Posted by in Fire Damage | December 12, 2016

We sometimes get called to evaluate damage to the exterior of a building reported to have been caused by the heat from a nearby fire.  Following are photographs of heat damage to exterior building components. Disclaimer Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 9)

Posted by in Fire Damage, Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | August 03, 2015

What can we tell from THIS photo? The wood plates and staples indicate that these are very old field built wood trusses. The soot and char indicate that they have been exposed to a fire. The relatively clean separation between… Read More

Fire Damage to Shingles

Posted by in Fire Damage, Shingles | March 16, 2015

On occasion we are called in to a situation where a building or home owner is concerned that the shingles on his/her roof were damaged by the heat from a nearby fire.  Damage from exposure to excessive heat to shingles… Read More

Evaluation of Fire Damage to Structural Steel (Primer)

Posted by in Fire Damage, Steel | February 09, 2015

We often get called to evaluate fire damage to structural steel framing.  It may be an evaluation even as simple as one steel beam in a residence.  Some of the evaluations are relatively easy, others more difficult.  But here is… Read More

Evaluation of Concrete for Fire Damage

Posted by in Concrete, Fire Damage, Simple Forensic Methods | August 25, 2014

Just read a well-written article in Structure magazine about evaluating fire damage to concrete foundations, entitled Engineering Evaluation of Fire Damage to Concrete Foundations, by Peter Marxhausen, M.S., P.E.  Mr. Marxhausen writes about his approach to evaluating numerous concrete foundations… Read More

Fire Damage to Open Web Steel Joists

Posted by in Fire Damage, Steel | February 04, 2013

The determination of fire damage to open web steel joists is not always as obvious as the damage in the photo above, but the application of a few rules can make a preliminary evaluation of fire damage to open web steel… Read More