Fire Expert Witnesses

What areas of expertise does a fire expert witness have? These professionals may provide insight and testify in cases involving fire investigation, fire cause and origin, firefighting, fire service, and more. In a lawsuit against a fire department, South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood has agreed to be an expert witness against a neighboring fire department for its handling of firefighting efforts.

Plaintiff Cecil A. Fogg is suing the town of Owls Head, ME, the volunteer fire department and Fire Chief Frank Ross. Fire Chief Calderwood is expected to testify that Ross violated the standard of care in his response to the auto repair shop fire. Accusations include not taking action to get sufficient water to the fire, failure to direct his crew, and not taking proper action to protect personal property. Fogg is asking more than $400K in losses as well as an unstated amount in punitive damages. While the body shop has been rebuilt, Fogg says he lost classic cars and motorcycles in the fire.

In February, owners of a Bass Harbor, ME, restaurant and attached home sued the Tremont and Southwest Harbor fire departments alleging firefighters were negligent in fighting the blaze. The plaintiffs are seeking $1.86M in damages.

 

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