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Fire caused by an electric supply cable being bent too tight

“Dr Lygate is a fully qualified and experienced fire engineer and principal consultant with International Fire Investigators and Consultants…. I found the evidence of Dr Lygate as to the point of origin to be entirely convincing… I have preferred the expert evidence of Dr Lygate“.

Lord Cameron of Lochbroom, Court of Session, Edinburgh

MR. ROBERT McLEAN and OTHERS against SCOTTISH POWER plc

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Repudiation of liability for a hotel fire.

Dr Lygate is more the scientist or engineer. He is academically and professionally well qualified. He was a particularly careful witness. He was precise in the way he answered questions. He provided detailed reasons for his opinions under reference to the findings of the fire investigation. To the extent that it is necessary for me to form a view, I prefer the evidence of Dr Lygate over that which is to contrary effect.

Looking to all the evidence but particularly that of Dr Lygate, which for the reasons given above I accept in its entirety, I conclude that the area of origin was Bedroom 9 and the point of origin was in or about the corner by the bed.

Therefore, in the absence of any alternative, like Dr Lygate I conclude that the fire must have been started by some means involving human agency”.

William S Duffey, JR. United States District Judge.

MRS KATHLEEN MARY SELENA McLEAN or TOREMAR against CGU BONUS LIMITED

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Spontaneous combustion of Alfalfa aboard the M/V “RALPH MISENER

“Dr Lygate[is] an internationally-recognized fire investigator with extensive formal fire engineering qualifications.

Dr Lygate, in his rebuttal report and in his viva voce evidence, addressed this possibility and concluded that it is extremely unlikely that a discarded cigarette could have ignited this fire (See para. 4.20 of his report, dated March 8, 2002). The laboratory experiments conducted on behalf of Dr Lygate and the reasons he gives in support of his conclusion appear to me convincing, and I therefore accept his opinion on this point.

Dr Lygate pointed to the fact that during the discharge of the cargo, clumps were observed throughout the stow and from parts of the hold where it was unlikely that firefighting water could have reached. At paragraph 5.3.16 of his report-in-chief, Dr Lygate makes the following statement which, in my view, is entirely supported by the evidence:

Instead, what appears to have happened is that the hatch covers having been removed, air was admitted to the cargo and diffused through the pellets to the seat of the fire. The improved air supply encouraged the rate of smouldering to grow, until the combustion products were given off at sufficient rate that the fire was discovered at 1740 hrs. In my opinion, this is consistent with a deep-seated which was the result of spontaneous heating because the pellets were too moist”.

Judge Nadon Federal Court of Canada

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Explosion aboard the MT SAN SEBASTIAN

“..Defendant’s expert witnesses Dr James Lygate and Captain Stefan Wozniak. Their testimony, which the Court found to be credible and factually based, showed that the IGS was functional and reasonably believed to be functional by the San Sebastian’s shore-based management”.

WILLIAM S. DUFFEY, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA, ATLANTA DIVISION
INTERESTED UNDERWRITERS AT LLOYD’S and THAI TOKAI PRODUCT CO. LTD., Plaintiffs,

v.

M/T SAN SEBASTIAN, her freights, In rem, OILMAR CO., LTD., In personam, Defendants.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:03-CV-1778-WSD