Date: June 6, 2011
Subject: Press Release: Structure Fire Investigation at the Adkins Residence
STRUCTURE FIRE AT THE ADKINS RESIDENCE CONFIRMED ACCIDENTAL; DETERMINED TO BE ELECTRICAL IN NATURE
A team of expert fire investigators spent several hours combing through the debris at the Adkins residence on Sunday to determine what sparked the devastating fire that occurred on Saturday afternoon.
A fire investigator from the City of Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department as well as a private fire investigator and forensic electrical engineer employed by the Adkin’s insurance company worked diligently throughout the day to pinpoint the cause and origin of the fire.
As of approximately 9:45 p.m. last evening it was determined by all three experts that the fire was caused by an overheated and/or loose electrical connection in a power strip located under a work bench in the garage. The recovered power strip, wiring, breaker panel, and other evidentiary indicators in addition to eye witness testimony have led to this determination.
The property has been turned over to the Adkins family and their insurance company. No confirmed dollar loss has been calculated.