In the best case scenario, fires and explosions result in only a loss of property. But whether or not there is a loss of life due to accident, negligence, or criminal intent, a thorough investigation is needed to determine the origin and cause of an incident. AEA’s engineers rely on years of experience in O&C investigations and knowledge of pertinent codes and standards, such as NFPA 921. These investigations may result in subrogation claims if a manufacturer produces a defective product. Magnified visual examinations and equipment testing can be performed at AEA’s main office in West Virginia. AEA consults with forensic laboratories for chemical and microscopic analysis of collected samples.