Forensic Consulting Services

Only highly experienced professionals can perform the complex tasks of uncovering the origin and cause of a fire or explosion. By evaluating the circumstances surrounding what happened and why, VERTEX is able to provide our clients with the technical expertise needed for them to determine coverage in a timely manner, reduce claim costs, combat fraud, and ultimately achieve closure with a solid, court defensible understanding of events and outcomes.

Fire Origin & Cause

Using a full service approach and in a manner consistent with the Scientific Method and guidelines of NFPA 921, our NFPA 1033 qualified experts apply the highest level of professional competence in their investigative skills and techniques. VERTEX provides evidence collection, chain of custody as well as incident reporting, providing our customers with solid and reliable determination of origin and cause that will withstand the challenges of litigation.

Failure Analysis

Through scientific analysis, VERTEX can quickly and accurately determine whether the root cause of the fire or explosion was due to an electrical or mechanical component, human error, natural events, or arson.

Fire Investigation Liability, Subrogation & Litigation Support

VERTEX experts assist the insurance client and litigator by having highly trained and qualified professionals conduct site investigations that can determine the potential existence of third party culpability. VERTEX experts are experienced in reporting, depositions, and court testimony regarding fire and explosion incidents.

Vehicle and Marine Fire Loss Investigations

Our experts are available to not only investigate the origin and cause of structure fires, but also fires that have taken place in motor vehicles, trucks, industrial equipment and  marine vessels.

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Key Personnel

National Division Manager, Fire Investigation

Henry Stormer, IAAI-CFI

Henry Stormer, IAAI-CFI

Henry Stormer is the National Division Manager for VERTEX’s Fire Investigation Division. His primary responsibilities include management of origin and cause investigations nationwide for the insurance industry as well as conducting Cause and Origin investigations of fire and explosions. Mr. Stormer is a fire expert with over 30 years of experience investigating fires and explosions both in the public and private sectors. His fields of expertise include: fire and explosion investigations, origin and cause, subrogation, failure analysis, evidence collection and preservation, fire code analysis and research, crime scene investigations, and arson investigations. 

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VERTEX Exhibiting at The Florida Bar Construction Law Institute

March 8, 2018

VERTEX’s Kevin Maxwell and Dan Mondo will be attending and exhibiting at the 11th Annual Florida Bar Construction Law Institute in Orlando, Florida on March 9th and 10th. The purpose of the Institute is to gather leading, experienced and establish construction law practitioners, contractors and other industry professionals for a two-day seminar focused on in-depth, leading…

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VERTEX Sponsors 4th Annual Risk Control Event at Coors Field

March 7, 2018

VERTEX is proud to be the drink sponsor at the 4th Annual Risk Control for Architects, Engineers and Environmental Professionals event at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on April 11th. This year’s topic will be Trends and Strategies for Improved Performance and Profitability. Presentations will be given by legal, insurance and risk control professionals in connection with…

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VERTEX Exhibiting at Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium

March 6, 2018

VERTEX’s Cliff Cooper, Erik Borgesen and Michael Plainte will be attending and exhibiting at the Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium in Alexandria, VA on March 5th and 6th. They will be showcasing our new Air Tracer technology that enables clients to measure an air parcel as it moves through a building. The 6th Annual Joint Civil & DoD…

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Denver Business Journal Awards VERTEX as a Top Engineering Firm

March 2, 2018

Denver Business Journal recently awarded VERTEX as a Top Engineering Firm. Announced on February 16th, VERTEX was ranked in the Top 25. Rankings were based on the number of licensed engineers in Colorado since November of 2017.  Learn more about VERTEX’s work in the mountain west.  

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VERTEX Exhibiting at the Texas Construction Law Conference

March 1, 2018

VERTEX is excited to be attending and exhibiting at the 31st Annual Construction Law Conference at The La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will take place on March 1st and 2nd. Stop by our table and say hello to Alan Barnes, Aaren Benson and Lance VanDemark. Looking forward to seeing you there! For…

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Winter Fire Safety

September 28, 2017

As we enter autumn it’s a great time to begin preparations for a fire safe winter in buildings and homes. 1 in 6 home fires in the United States are attributed to heating equipment, as are 1 in 5 residential fire deaths. The single most important action that can be taken by home and building…

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Fire - How it Affects Structural Steel Framing

August 24, 2017

Introduction As forensic engineers, it is often our responsibility to assess the structural integrity of a building after a natural disaster or an event from unfortunate circumstances.  It is also our responsibility to determine the necessary repairs that need to be made to the structural framing of the building in order to return it to…

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Case Study: Foreign Object Fire Causation

July 24, 2017

A teenage child of a Massachusetts homeowner was doing a load of laundry during the evening hours of March 19, 2017. The clothes washing and drying appliances were located in the basement of the home and had been installed by a major appliance retailer approximately one year prior to the date of the fire. The…

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The State of the Economy - Where Are We Headed?

June 2, 2017

Over the first two quarters of 2017, we have witnessed some interesting trends. Year to date, the NASDAQ is up by 15.36% and the S&P500 is up by 8.81%. The NASDAQ growth has largely been fueled by high tech companies such as Apple and Amazon. Despite the robust equities market, the US gross domestic product…

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Understanding Residential Fire Claims - What are the Biggest Residential Fire Causes and Losses?

February 9, 2017

Fire claims to the insurance industry are costly and understanding the risk of fire is important. The United States Fire Administration functioning under the control of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA compiles statistical fire data annually. This data, submitted by the nation’s fire departments, highlights the vast array of damage inflicted by fire on…

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