15 Brook Street
My name is David Cox - and I am a fuel gas expert. I am a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I.) who investigates fires and explosions to try to ascertain if gas was involved. Most of the time the gas is either propane or methane (natural gas). Sometimes it is butane, acetylene, or even sewer gas.
Usually this investigation is for an insurance company, a forensic engineering firm, or an attorney representing an insurance company. Obviously, this type of work involves a good working knowledge of every type of gas burning appliance. These include everything found in a home such as stoves, ranges, ovens, water heaters, space heaters, gas furnaces, barbecue grills, clothes dryers, refrigerators, and even gas lamps. Additionally, there are construction heaters, oxy-acetylene welding and heating equipment, restaurant stoves, broilers, deep fat fryers, warming ovens, and steam tables. I have investigated incidents involving all of these, and more.
Sometimes the failure involves the gas handling equipment itself, such as a regulator, a valve, piping, storage tanks, LP-Gas cylinders, hoses or gauges. In the case of propane, this sometimes means tank delivery trucks such as bobtails or semi-trailer transport trucks. And, of course, anyone who is engaged in this type of work gets a certain number of cases involving carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Not all of my activities as a consultant involve fire scene investigations. It is not at all unusual for me to be contacted by an insurance company or law firm several years after the incident. If you need help, it's never too late to ask.
Want more information? Give me a call at (508) 832-3154, or e-mail me at GasFireMan@aol.com. I am located in Massachusetts, but have been sent all over the United States and Puerto Rico.