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Determine the true cause of every fire

Casalinova is an award-winning firm specializing in fire investigation. We serve clients throughout the United States and Worldwide, including private businesses, manufacturers, insurance companies and adjusting companies, individuals, law firms, and attorneys.

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3 reasons Why Casalinova Investigations should handle your next case

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More than just a consulting firm, Casalinova Investigations, Inc. has a close working relationship with specialized testing laboratories, on-line background information, and training services.

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On staff we have IAAI Certified Fire Investigators, NAFI Certified Fire & Explosion Investigators, and Certified Fire Investigation Instructors to meet all of your investigation needs.

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Telephones are monitored 24 hours a day to ensure that our clients' needs are met on a timely basis.

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More than just a consulting firm, Casalinova Investigations, Inc. has a close working relationship with specialized testing laboratories, on-line background information, and training services.

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On staff we have IAAI Certified Fire Investigators, NAFI Certified Fire & Explosion Investigators, and Certified Fire Investigation Instructors to meet all of your investigation needs.

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Telephones are monitored 24 hours a day to ensure that our clients' needs are met on a timely basis.

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Our dedicated full-time fire investigators provide 24 hour response time. We update clients from the scene and provide full reports within 10 business days.

Origin & Cause of Fire / Explosion

The determination of fires and explosions true origin and cause is our top priority. Our certified fire and explosion experts systematically conduct every examination using advanced scientific methods. In addition to the fire scene examination, a complete investigation is conducted to help aid in the true fire's and explosion's cause.

FATAL FIRES

With Casalinova Investigations Inc., all fires are investigated with a systematic and scientific approach. We are fire and life safety experts. Through our investigations, we strive to prevent future fires and fire related deaths.

Education & Training

Fire investigations training and education is conducted at your request. We not only conduct complementary seminars for the insurance industry, fire and police departments, but also for colleagues, competitors, and fire protection university students. When applicable, LIVE fire burns and demonstrations are performed.

Vehicle  & Forensics Unit

ASE Certified Master Mechanics (Forensic Mechanics) are available to our clients for all vehicle examinations. Our Fire Investigators team-up with our Forensic Mechanics to ensure not only the origin and cause of the fire, but to also provide expert testimony in a court of law.

SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE UNIT

Experienced and professional Special Agents are available to  provide independent and non-biased investigations. Our Special Agents provide you with video tape recordings, color photographs, complete activity reports, and most importantly courtroom testimony.

Chimney / Wood Stove / Fireplace Inspection

With our video inspection service, it is easy to obtain an accurate evaluation of the chimney's interior in a nondestructive way. We offer close-up inside views of chimneys and wall interiors with digital photographs and video.

Subrogation / Product Liability

Our Investigators are trained in identifying not only the cause and origin of fire, water or mold loss, but also can identify possible liability.
We can conduct on-scene evidence examinations, as well as collect, secure evidence without spoliation to conduct a joint evidence exam at our laboratory and nondestructive or complete examinations. We have placed manufacturers, installers and other parties on notice and have overseen many joint evidence exams that have saved our clients money by identifying possible subrogation.

Water Investigation Specialists

At Casalinova Investigations, Inc. we provide a wide range
of investigations and testing related to water losses, starting from a scene
examination all the way through destructive testing and long-term testing of exemplar products. One area of subrogation that is often overlooked is the failure of sump pumps. At Casalinova we have tested thousands of
sump pumps and generated thousands of dollars of recovered money for insurance companies.

Meet the Casalinova Investigations, Inc. Team

Mark J. Casalinova has been a fire investigator since 1984. Mark graduated from the University of Akron with an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Fire Protection Technology in 1986 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Education in Fire Protection Technology in 1987. 

He founded Casalinova Investigation, Inc. in Akron, Ohio in September of 1994. While working numerous fires, he taught as an adjunct instructor for the University Of Akron’s Fire Program from 1986-1992 and returned from 2000-2007 to introduce and advanced the Fire Investigations Program. Even when the National Fire Protection Association Guideline for Fire Investigators (NFPA 921) wasn’t popular, he was a huge advocate for it. Today (NFPA 921) is the most widely used fire investigation publication in the World. 

Mark has been a member of three widely recognized Fire Investigation organizations, the International Association of Fire Investigators (IAAI), National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and the Nation Fire Protection Association for over 25 years. He has instructed various seminars over the past 25 years and has testified and deposed as an expert in the field numerous times. 

He has investigated fire from Washington State to Florida and most everywhere in-between. Today, Casalinova Investigation, Inc. has grown into a nationwide company because of our reputation of hiring only the best investigators. 

Mark’s strong reputation for finding the TRUE CAUSE of every fire and producing millions of dollars in subrogation recovery and Arson denials is why Casalinova Investigations, Inc. remains an industry leader. 

Mark has been married to his wife Kaedra since 1989 and has four children; BreAnna, Kyra, Mark Jr. and Dominic.

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Mark J. Casalinova

President & CEO

Akron, OH

Aaron has been with Casalinova Investigation, Inc. from 2004 –present.  Aaron has two degrees from the University of Akron an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management. 

Mr. Hurd is also is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Investigator Instructor through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Aaron has been qualified as an expert witness in both Civil and Criminal cases. He has investigated over 1000 criminal and civil fire scene investigations. 

Mr. Hurd has investigated fires throughout the country for both the insurance industry and manufacturing companies.  He has played a key role in recovering millions of dollars through subrogation. 

Most importantly Aaron’s greatest accomplishment is his wife Jennifer and his two daughters.

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Aaron D. Hurd IAAI-(CFI), NAFI-(CFEI, CFII)

senior investigator / national consultant

Akron, OH

Matthew has been working with Casalinova Investigations, Inc. from 2009 –present. Matthew obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Calvin College in Engineering with an Electrical and Computer Concentration.

Mr. Gardner is also is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. His experience in the investigation of fires rang from small single-family dwellings to large multi-million dollar commercial losses.  

Matthew has vast experiences in product failure analysis including technical examinations of products and appliances. He is nationally known for his extensive expertise in the failure analysis of sump pumps having tested over 1,000 pumps.  He is available throughout the United States. 

One of Matthew’s biggest assets is his wife Ashley and their one child.

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Matthew R. Gardner IAAI-(CFI), NAFI-(CFEI)

Senior Fire and Electrical / Technical Consultant

Columbus, OH / National Consultant

Aaron has been with Casalinova Investigations Inc since November of 2014 – Present. He earned his Bachelor if Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996.  His over 25 years of mechanical engineering experience has been engaged in the scientific investigation of the various aspects of fire origin and cause, the evaluation of electrical and mechanical accidents, product and appliance failure and analysis, and water damage claims. 

Mr. Bartel has participated in the analysis and evaluation of more than 800 fires, accidents, product and appliance failures, and water damage claims. This experience includes commercial, industrial, and residential.  In addition to the preparation of detailed expert reports and technical photographic documentation, Aaron has also conducted laboratory testing including: X-ray analysis, thermographic analysis, microscopic digital imaging analysis, oven testing, electronic device testing and evaluation, and product identification. 

He has also developed effective trial demonstrations using physical evidence, microphotography, and video documentation of work done in the laboratory.  Aaron is available for both Fire and water loss investigation analysis nationwide. 

He resides in McKees Rocks, PA with his wife.

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Aaron T. Bartel IAAI-(CFI) M.E.

Senior Investigator / Mechanical / Technical Expert

Pittsburgh, PA / West Virginia Region

Joe joined Casalinova Investigations Inc. August 2015, after retiring from the Lexington, Kentucky Fire Department after 18 years of service.  Mr. Rice is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators and a Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Joe is a strong advocate of using the scientific method as outlined in the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA 921). Joe is a licensed private investigator in several states making him qualified to conduct complete background investigations, surveillance, interview witnesses, collect documentation, and to render a professional opinion via report writing, recorded statement, deposition, or courtroom testimony. 

Joe’s greatest accomplishment is his wife Vanessa of over 17 years and their beautiful 4 children Madelyn, Audrey, Emmajane, and William.

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Joe G. Rice IAAI-(CFI) NAFI-(CFEI)

Senior Investigator / Kentucky Regional Manager

Kentucky / Tennessee / Indiana

Timothy joined our team at Casalinova Investigations Inc in March 2016.  Tim has been a career Fire Fighter / Paramedic with the Anderson Fire Department in Anderson, Indiana for 19 years. During that time he has spent 14 years as a lead fire investigator for the Anderson Fire Department.  He became a sworn Fire Marshall for the City of Anderson in 2012. 

Timothy is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Vehicle Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Timothy Investigates fires throughout the United States and is usually on the fire scene within 24 hours of receiving the assignment. 

He resided in both Indiana and Florida.  Timothy Lamey is known for finding the true cause of every fire he investigates.

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Timothy J. Lamey II IAAI-(CFI), NAFI- (CFEI, CFVI)

Senior Investigator

Indiana Region / Florida Region

Thomas has been with Casalinova Investigations Inc. since October of 2008- present.  He has both the Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators and the Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  He also maintains a Fire Investigator Instructor certification from NAFI. 

was a thirty-five year veteran of the Sylvania Township Fire Department with the accomplishment rank of Deputy Chief.  He has Over 20 years of fire investigation experience.  Besides the fire investigation certifications, Eisel currently hold certifications as a Firefighter II, Fire Safety Inspector, and is certified as an instructor in both areas.

Eisel also has a vast knowledge of Fire Safety Codes and Code Enforcement. Investigation experience include Residential fires (both single family structures, and multi-family units), Commercial, Industrial and fatal fires. 

His greatest achievements are his Wife (Susan) of over 37 years, two daughters, one son, and one grandson.

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Thomas J. Eisel IAAI-(CFI), NAFI-(CFEI, CFII) CFSI

Senior Investigator / Tri-State Region

Ohio / Indiana / Michigan

Timothy joined our team at Casalinova Investigations Inc in March 2016.  Tim has been a career Fire Fighter / Paramedic with the Anderson Fire Department in Anderson, Indiana for 19 years. During that time he has spent 14 years as a lead fire investigator for the Anderson Fire Department.  He became a sworn Fire Marshall for the City of Anderson in 2012.  Timothy is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Vehicle Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Timothy Investigates fires throughout the United States and is usually on the fire scene within 24 hours of receiving the assignment.  He resided in both Indiana and Florida.  Timothy Lamey is known for finding the true cause of every fire he investigates.

Vincent J. Greczanik

Technical / Electrical Expert

Timothy joined our team at Casalinova Investigations Inc in March 2016.  Tim has been a career Fire Fighter / Paramedic with the Anderson Fire Department in Anderson, Indiana for 19 years. During that time he has spent 14 years as a lead fire investigator for the Anderson Fire Department.  He became a sworn Fire Marshall for the City of Anderson in 2012.  Timothy is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Vehicle Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Timothy Investigates fires throughout the United States and is usually on the fire scene within 24 hours of receiving the assignment.  He resided in both Indiana and Florida.  Timothy Lamey is known for finding the true cause of every fire he investigates.

Jeff Beauregard

Vehicle Forensics / Master Mechanic

Timothy joined our team at Casalinova Investigations Inc in March 2016.  Tim has been a career Fire Fighter / Paramedic with the Anderson Fire Department in Anderson, Indiana for 19 years. During that time he has spent 14 years as a lead fire investigator for the Anderson Fire Department.  He became a sworn Fire Marshall for the City of Anderson in 2012.  Timothy is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Vehicle Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Timothy Investigates fires throughout the United States and is usually on the fire scene within 24 hours of receiving the assignment.  He resided in both Indiana and Florida.  Timothy Lamey is known for finding the true cause of every fire he investigates.

Laurie L. Ladd

Professional Engineer

Timothy joined our team at Casalinova Investigations Inc in March 2016.  Tim has been a career Fire Fighter / Paramedic with the Anderson Fire Department in Anderson, Indiana for 19 years. During that time he has spent 14 years as a lead fire investigator for the Anderson Fire Department.  He became a sworn Fire Marshall for the City of Anderson in 2012.  Timothy is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Vehicle Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Timothy Investigates fires throughout the United States and is usually on the fire scene within 24 hours of receiving the assignment.  He resided in both Indiana and Florida.  Timothy Lamey is known for finding the true cause of every fire he investigates.

Kaedra A. Casalinova

Administrative Assistant

Timothy joined our team at Casalinova Investigations Inc in March 2016.  Tim has been a career Fire Fighter / Paramedic with the Anderson Fire Department in Anderson, Indiana for 19 years. During that time he has spent 14 years as a lead fire investigator for the Anderson Fire Department.  He became a sworn Fire Marshall for the City of Anderson in 2012.  Timothy is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Vehicle Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Timothy Investigates fires throughout the United States and is usually on the fire scene within 24 hours of receiving the assignment.  He resided in both Indiana and Florida.  Timothy Lamey is known for finding the true cause of every fire he investigates.

Britney Chatmon

Administrative Assistant

Timothy joined our team at Casalinova Investigations Inc in March 2016.  Tim has been a career Fire Fighter / Paramedic with the Anderson Fire Department in Anderson, Indiana for 19 years. During that time he has spent 14 years as a lead fire investigator for the Anderson Fire Department.  He became a sworn Fire Marshall for the City of Anderson in 2012.  Timothy is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire / Explosion Investigator, and Certified Fire Vehicle Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Timothy Investigates fires throughout the United States and is usually on the fire scene within 24 hours of receiving the assignment.  He resided in both Indiana and Florida.  Timothy Lamey is known for finding the true cause of every fire he investigates.

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