Padgitt Forensic Investigations

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What we do

A division of HearthMasters, inc.

Gene Padgitt, PFI

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All reports are compiled, researched, and written by Marge Padgitt, NFI, CCS

Marge has 32 years experience in the industry and is Certified by NFI and is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

She is the president of HearthMasters, Inc., president of the Midwest Chimney Safety Council, and served on the board of directors for the National Chimney Sweep Guild, the Midwest Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, and the Masonry Heater Association of North America. Marge is the author of hundreds of articles and The Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Guide, and more books coming soon. 

- Consulting Services by Gene and Marge Padgitt 

- Expert Witness Services by Gene Padgitt

- On-site Fire Investigations by Gene Padgitt

  • Specialty investigations of structural fires related to chimneys, fireplaces, and heating appliances.

  • We write reports that are clear and concise, citing codes and standards and showing photos of problem areas. Gene provides his opinion as to Origin and Cause of the fire.  

  • Gene serves as an expert witness for court cases, but often cases are settled out of court based on our findings and detailed reports. 

Our inspector is Gene Padgitt, Certified Private Fire Investigator by the Missouri Department
‚Äčof Public Safety since 2003