Case histories

Thomas International Foods Murray Bridge SA January 2018

The Murray Bridge Abattoir operated by Thomas International Foods, one of the largest in the country employing some 1400 people, has been closed down by a massive fire. The fire began around 7pm on Wednesday, 3 January 2018, and quickly engulfed the meat works' boning room, recently part of a multi-million dollar upgrade. The fire took over five days to extinguish and completely destroyed the factory's main building as crews had to tear down large parts of the structure to get at the fire. At one point 100 firefighters were battling the blaze.

As the plant has to be demolished damage is thought to be over $300million and due to a complex company structure multiple insurance companies are involved. GKAIG has completed a thorough examination and provided the insurers with their report as to cause of the fire and the consequent insurance issues.

Deep Creek Marina Moama NSW December 2017

Ten houseboats were gutted after a fire broke out at Deep Creek Marina in Moama in the early evening of 14 December 2017 . The Marina is actually home to around 120 vessels but locals and firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading further than the initial boats. It has been reported that a faulty air-conditioner in one of the boats sparked the blaze, which quickly spread to the closely moored neighbouring craft. The blaze also ignited a grass fire and there was oil leakage into the river.

Owners and insurers are counting a bill in excess of $5million and as with any fire where damage exceeds $500,000 NSW police conducted an investigation. However with such a catastrophic outcome marine insurers asked GKAIG to conduct a thorough investigation into the exact cause of the fire.

SKM Recycling Plant Coolaroo Victoria July 2017

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A massive fire that burned for over eleven days, despite being attended by some 50 fire appliances, GKAIG were called in to investigate the cause. The fire had ranged over a 50 hectare area and smoke caused the evacuation of over 100 homes in nearby suburb of Dallas in Melbourne's North. Damages were estimated in excess of $40million

The site usually receives between 1100 and 1200 tonnes of recyclable material every day. For 6 weeks it was unable to process any material. With alternative recyclers only able to take about 10%, the balance was sent to landfill sites.

GKAIG has completed a thorough investigation on behalf of the commercial insurer.

Diamant Hotel Fire Canberra ACT Settlement Update June 2017

Over 6 years after the Diamant Hotel Fire caused over $10 million worth of damage, the matter has finally concluded in the NSW High Court. GKAIG findings were accepted by the Coronial Enquiry back in 2013 and this evidence underpinned the civil litigation. The substantial multimillion dollar settlement in favour of the insurer reflects the apportioning of responsibility to a number of parties and brings to a close one of GKAIG's longest open court matters. During the 6 years, GKAIG has made no fewer than 5 expert submissions.

Chullora Waste Recycling Centre Sydney February 2017

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A fire at the SUEZ Chullora Resource Recovery Park quickly engulfed one of the large buildings on the site. More than 100 fire-fighters from 20 fire stations across Sydney battled the blaze but couldn't prevent the roof collapsing. The 8400 square metre building contained highly flammable materials including carpet, plastic, cardboard and paper. Damage was estimated at over $20 million. GKAIG identified the cause of the fire allowing the insurer to make an informed decision on the claim.

Hyundai Mobis Warehouse, Sydney 2015

The hailstorm that had swept through Sydney in April had caused so much damage to the brand new 30,000 square metre Eastern Creek storage facility that the roof collapsed. Demolition was in progress when a major fire broke out that caused further extensive damage. GKA Investigations were called in to determine the cause of the fire and to assess the insurance ramifications. The investigation is ongoing.

Quakers Hill Nursing Home, Sydney 2011

Fourteen people died when the Quakers Hill Nursing Home was set on fire by drug dependent nurse Roger Dean, who was attempting to cover up his theft of prescription drugs. GKA provided the forensic evidence used in court where Dean pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.

Watch video: Greg Kelly discusses the circumstances of the Quakers Hill fire at the May 2016 FPAA Conference.

Moore Park Superstore, Sydney 2011

With construction and trading in progress at the same time, this major fire caused the evacuation of the site and subsequent $10 million in direct and indirect damage. GKA were trusted to verify the cause and ensure compensation payments were made.

Watch video: Greg Kelly talks the Moore Park Super Centre fire at the May 2016 FPAA Conference.

Diamant Hotel, Canberra June 2011

GKA were called in to determine the cause of a fire which destroyed a large part of this heritage-listed hotel in Canberra, causing over $ 10 million worth of damage. The company's investigation pinpointed the cause to allow a successful insurance claim settlement.

Pittwater Marina, Sydney 2009

Over $5 million worth of damage was caused when an explosion on one cruiser spread to seven other vessels. GKA were called in to investigate and established the cause to allow the insurance companies to settle the claims.

Myer Hobart, September 2007

A devastating $50 million blaze destroyed Myer's historic store in the centre of Hobart and GKA were called in to examine the scene and review the Fire Service response. Their findings were extensively used in the subsequent court proceedings.

Watch video: Greg Kelly recalls the Myer fire at the May 2016 FPAA Conference.