Natural gas power plant explosion, Connecticut

August 25, 2015

Fire Origin and Cause, Equipment Loss Consulting



Following an explosion and fire at a power plant under construction, the Envista Forensics Fire Investigation division dispatched a team of seasoned fire investigators to the loss which was estimated at over $300 million dollars in direct fire damage and business interruption.


The PEnvista team of fire investigators immediately took the necessary measures to coordinate the fire investigation activities for this complex loss. While the site was still under control of the local, state and federal authorities, our team coordinated the informal and formal interviews with employees, security personnel, and witnesses. Unprecedented cooperation with the authorities allowed for a parallel investigation. The Envista team remained on scene for over six months.


Utilizing a forensic grid search of the debris and analyzing thousands of pieces of evidence, fire investigators were able to identify a specific origin of the explosion along with a scenario of events bringing the first fuel and ignition source together.

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