Michael M. Fitz

Michael M. Fitz, P.E., CFEI

Senior Managing Consultant

Mr. Michael Fitz is a mechanical and civil engineer with 38 years of experience specializing in fires, explosions, large loss expert coordination, fire protection, civil, electrical, and mechanical failure analysis, with consultation in over 1000 projects. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Instructor (CFII).

He is well versed in fire origin and cause determination, examination, testing, and engineering analysis involving residential, commercial, industrial, marine, wildland, vehicles, appliances, equipment, and machinery. Specific examples include heaters and furnaces (propane, natural gas, electric, wood, gasoline, and oil), coffee makers, dryers, ranges, smoke and gas detectors, spontaneous heating of linseed oil and other materials, fireworks, automobiles, construction equipment, and boats.

Mr. Fitz's failure analysis experience includes controlled atmosphere and cold storage, pumps, valves, pipes, HVAC equipment, fans, insulation, and roofing systems. His additional aspects of investigation include hazard analysis, explosion and blast analysis, fire spread, building construction, and code analysis.

Additionally, Mr. Fitz has worked on design and development of machinery, testing of machine operation and product performance, explosive venting of hazardous materials, packaging systems, conveyors, material handling machinery, and presses, including concepts, mechanical design, hydraulic systems, logic and schematics, safety analysis, and constructability. He has also been involved in the design, construction, and operation of an explosive mining machine prototype.

His research topics include materials and their fire behavior and ignition properties, electrical arcing analysis, high temperature accelerants, development of explosives, and energetic materials.


  • Case Study to Evaluate Effects of Building Code Violations on the Outcome of a Fatality Fire, Proceedings, Fire and Evacuation Modleing Technical Conference, August 2011
  • Understanding and Addressing Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) Issues, News of Engineering Forensics, April 2005
  • Making the Most of a Technical Expert, News of Engineering Forensics, July 2004
  • Welding, Ignition Handbook, January 2003
  • Coffeemakers and Teapots, Ignition Handbook, January 2003
  • Chimneys and Flues, Ignition Handbook, January 2003
  • Dryer Fire Investigations: An Alternative Sampling Protocol To Recover Oils Which May Spontaneously Heat”., The Fireplace, December 1999
  • Washing Machine Effluent, Fire Findings, Vol. 7, September 1999

Project Experience

ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.

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