Fire Related Analysis

Detection and identification of accelerants in fire debris.

We are able to look for traces of common accelerants (petrol, white spirit, kerosene) in the remaining debris from domestic and industrial fires. Insurance investigators provide us with samples from the scene of the fire which must be placed in relatively impermeable nylon bags as well as  employing a Swan Neck closure technique.

Detection of ‘self-heating’ oils in fire debris and laundry

We can identify self-heating oils in fire debris and laundry. Insurance investigators use our service and we can often provide a rapid turnaround time.


burnt cloth from a laundry fire

Burnt cloth fragments from a laundry fire

extraction of oils and fats from burnt cloth

Extraction of oils and fats from burnt cloth





GC-MS o fatty acid methyl esters

GC-MS of fatty acid methyl esters (TMSH derivatised sample extract)

Detection of smoke taint chemicals and PAHs

We can determine evidence that there has been exposure to smoke in a variety of materials such as grains, grain derivatives, vegetables and clothing. Typically this results in contamination by characteristic phenolic compounds related to smoke taint and polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons.

For more background on fire analysis see Wikipedia article

Please contact us for a specific quote for any of these analysis.