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Tracing the Cause of a Fire to Its Source Using Computer Animation

Summary:


The fire causation animation continued with a detailed reconstruction of
the most likely cause of the short circuit that precipitated the fire, a loose
hot connection that caused arcing and melted insulation. Because the
outlet was improperly grounded, electricity followed the ground wire of
the power cord back to the forced air unit (FAU).

Plaintiff homeowner alleged that a utility company ground fault caused by a nearby catastrophic wildfire resulted in an electrical surge that caused a fire that gutted his multimillion dollar residence. This was a test case for several other potentially large exposure lawsuits associated with wildfire related claims, so the defendant utility company faced a must-win situation.


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