Fire investigations with DBI

A DBI fire investigation provides credible and impartial documentation about the origin and cause of a fire. This provides the best basis for decision-making in recourse cases.

In the context of a fire investigation, a DBI fire investigator visits a fire scene for two purposes: (1) to identify the origin of the fire, and (2) to detect the cause. To this end, DBI conducts investigations of buildings (both private and commercial), ships and vehicles, including cars, buses, lorries and agricultural machinery, to find out whether the fire resulted from, for example: an accident, recklessness, product defects, installation defects or maybe arson.

The investigation produces documentation of the scene in the shape, for example, of photos, sketches, floor plans or 3D photographs and a report with a conclusion. Depending on the technical evidence, the certainty of the conclusion varies. In some cases, it is possible to identify the origin and the cause; in others, it is possible to do so with various degrees of certainty; while in others again, it is impossible to conclude based on the technical evidence.

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DBI is accredited to conduct fire investigations by DANAK (The Danish Accreditation Fund) and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation). We work on the basis of scientific methods, and all conclusions are supported by technical evidence. All reports are fact-based, impartial and credible. Consequently, they are also used in cases of recourse and liability arrangement after a fire. In such cases, the conclusions of a DBI investigation frequently determine the outcome.

The reports have a broad field of application. For example, they provide a strong basis for decision-making for insurance companies who are considering claiming recourse after a fire. A DBI fire investigation identifies whether there is technical evidence to do so, or whether instead a case should be dropped, so the insurance company does not waste resources on it. The Danish police also use DBI for electrical technical investigations focusing on utility items and installations, and reports from DBI are often included as technical evidence in criminal cases.

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DBI's department for fire investigations is available on the phone around the clock via our Service Center:

Phone: +45 20 10 90 30


In urgent cases, our fire investigators also drive out both evenings and weekends.

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