Fire Investigation

Fire & Explosion Investigation

Whether it’s a kitchen fire across the street, or a refinery explosion around the world, the experts at Kennedy and Associates are ready to hit the ground running.  Packing the truck or boarding a plane makes no difference to us.  When you need us; we’ll be there with the know-how & equipment to get the job done. 

Fire Investigation

Fire & Explosion Analysis

Exactly what happened?  How did it happen?  Why did it happen?  Is someone responsible?  Answers you need.   Getting them requires in-depth inspections, testing, failure analysis and code research.  Our laboratories, library, and research facilities surpass those of many of the big companies.  We do it all.

Fire Investigation

Expert Witness Testimony

What is the light at the end of the tunnel?  Many Fire Investigators don’t understand what you, the client, need most.  You need experts who explain your case in a way anyone can understand it.  We’ll give you expert reports & exhibits that get the point across.  You’ll get testimony that hits the mark. 

We are “The Original Fire Experts!”

Kennedy & Associates was founded in 1955 by John A. Kennedy (1918-2016), the first private investigator to specialize in fires and explosions.  In doing so, he not only started a company, but started an industry.

Our experts have been the leaders in advancing fire & explosion investigation.   We conduct research; we educate; &  we serve on industry committees.  Nowhere will you find experts who are more committed to their profession and their craft than at Kennedy & Associates.

Our Fire Investigation Experts have taught students worldwide for NAFI, NFPA,  IAFI, even NASA!

Best of all, Our clients reap the benefits of our depth of experience. Get in touch ›

Fire INvestigation Leaders

NFPA 921 & NFPA 1033
NFPA 921 & NFPA 1033

NFPA 921:  The Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations is the industry standard.  Patrick Kennedy is a charter principal member of the committee and has authored many sections.  
NFPA 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.  Patrick Kennedy is a principal member of the committee.

OUR SERvices:

  • Expert Reports & Testimony

  • Case Strategy & Management

  • Our promise:
    The facts are the facts.  When you have Kennedy on your team,  you’ll know your cases’ strengths and weaknesses.   We won’t lead you down a path we can’t prove.

Fire Investigation Injury


Fire Litigation is specialized and complex.  We know – we pioneered it. It isn’t enough to allege origin, cause & responsibility,  your expert has to prove it using the latest science. We can assist you through all stages your  litigation.

Fire Insurance Subrogation


Accurate origin and cause determinations help you assign responsibility.  Our work for insurance companies has resulted in 100’s of millions of dollars in recouped losses for insurance companies.

Fire Investigation Defense


Your client isn’t automatically responsible just because something bad happened. We’ll help you & your clients get an accurate picture of what happened, craft an effective defense and protect their good name.

Principal Expert, Fire and Explosion Analyst

Fire Investigator - Patrick Kennedy

PATRick Kennedy

Principal Expert

With 1000’s of fire & explosion investigations, during his more than 50-year career, Pat has an unrivaled depth of experience.   He skillfully uses that experience to build strong, scientific cases for his clients.  

PAtrick Kennedy

Wrote the book on Fire & Explosion Investigation – Literally!
His text, Explosion Investigation and Analysis, was the first comprehensive text to specifically address the investigation of fires & explosions from perspective of an Expert Witness.

PAtrick Kennedy

Patrick serves on several prominent fire investigations related codes and standards committees of both the ASTM and the NFPA.  He is a charter principal member of the NFPA Technical Committees on Fire Investigations (921) and principal member the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigator Professional Qualifications (1033).

About  Pat

Pat Kennedy is the senior-most, active fire analyst, with more years of experience that any other active fire investigation professional. He holds three Bachelor of Science degrees including a Summa Cum Laude degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati.      

He is the proud father of of three daughters, all of  whom,  work in the fire investigation field.  

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Just investigating fires isn’t enough.  
Our intellectual curiosity and passion for fire science enhances every case.   Our Experts conduct  

There are 3 major international Fire Investigation Conferences: ISFI, Fire & Materials, & Interflam. – our experts have presented at all of them.

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