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  • World Class Service!
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  • High Quality & Ethical Investigations!
  • Rapid Response & Fast Report Turnaround!
  • Same Day Preliminary Report!
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  • Expert Witness Testimony!
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Key Fire is a professional, fast-growing, and results-oriented forensic consulting company specializing in the origin and cause of fires, vehicle theft analysis, forensic engineering, and emergency board-up. We pride ourselves with quality, professionalism, integrity, and dedication while ensuring an honest and ethical approach to our business. We are committed to delivering world class service to our customers and strive to earn the utmost respect and trust for ourselves, as well as, our company. We have outstanding relationships with all of our clients. The best compliment we could ever receive is to be referred to a friend.

Key Fire has been in business for the past nine years and is located in Greenwood, Indiana (south side of Indianapolis). Our employees are the company’s # 1 asset. Key Fire’s success is a direct result of hard work, collaboration, positive attitudes, effective teamwork, and vision from the best team of experts in the industry. We are licensed in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Key Fire is a certified woman-owned company meeting the goals of supplier diversity programs.

We look forward to providing you with world class forensic consulting services and back our reputation with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!


Meet Our Team

Deanna Wood
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Wood is the Administrative Assistant at Key Fire Investigations with over 36 years of experience in the areas of customer service, record keeping, data entry, account receivables and accounts payable. She attended John Herron Art Institute. She previously held positions in the banking and manufacturing industries and with Eli Lilly & Company and The Trader.

Amanda Hodge
Senior Marketing Manager

Mrs. Hodge has been in the sales and administrative field for eight years. She has served with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, First American Mortgage and Pier One Imports. She has had numerous accomplishments with her past employers and has gained much experience working in diversified fields. Mrs. Hodge attended Southport High School, Indiana Wesleyan University, and I.U.P.U.I. She is currently completing her B.S. in Business Management.


Candace Ashby, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CFII, CVFI
President/CEO

Ms. Ashby is the President/CEO of Key Fire Investigations, Inc. with 23 years of fire service experience and 16 years of fire investigation experience in both the public and private sectors. During her fire service career, she has held a variety of positions, such as: Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Inspector, Investigator, Safety Officer, and Trainer. Her extensive educational background includes an A.S. in Fire Science, B.S. in Business Administration, M.S. in Management, and is currently completing her doctoral degree. Additionally, she holds over 125 fire service certifications. National certifications include: Certified Fire Investigator, Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator, Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator.


Mark Culver, CFEI, CFII, CFL, CVFI
Chief Forensic Investigator

Mr. Culver is the Chief Forensic Investigator of Key Fire Investigations, Inc. with over 25 years experience in the fire service. His background also includes experience and training as a law enforcement officer with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, forensic examinations, vehicle theft analysis, and traffic accident investigations. He currently holds an A.S. in Fire Science and B.S. in Management, with over 80 certificates of training in the fire service and law enforcement disciplines. Mr. Culver is one of the leading vehicle fire and theft experts in the nation. He has qualified as an expert in local, state, and federal courts, involving civil and criminal cases. National certifications include Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner, Certified Forensic Locksmith, Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, and Certified Vehicle Accident Investigator.


Joe Ermert, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI
Senior Investigator

Mr. Ermert has 23 years experience in the fire service in Indiana. He has extensive training in fire suppression, fire service management, fire service instruction, and fire investigation in all types of fire losses. Mr. Ermert spent eleven years in fire department upper level management positions where he was responsible for management of the department’s fire prevention/cause and origin bureaus. He currently holds the rank of Captain with the Franklin Township Fire Department, Indianapolis, Indiana. He is working toward his Associates Degree in Fire Science and holds over 60 fire service certifications. Since returning to the company level of the fire department, he has been employed in the private sector as Senior Fire Investigator by Key Fire Investigations, Inc. Mr. Ermert is a member of NAFI and IAAI and is a Nationally Certified Fire Investigator, Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator.


Jesus Lopez, PE
Senior Forensic Engineering Consultant

Mr. Lopez is a registered professional engineer in over 20 states and over 20 years experience in electrical/design analysis and investigation. His prides himself and his reputation on the highest integrity, never compromising the truth. He believes going the extra mile to determine the origin of failures drives outstanding customer service with rapid report turn-around time. Mr. Lopez has investigated hundreds of cases and has extensive expert witness experience. He believes effective customer communication is the key to a successful relationship.


Steve Wire
Board-Up Specialist

Mr. Wire is a board-up specialist with Key Fire Investigations. He is a 10 year veteran of the Greenwood Fire Department, where he is currently stationed at 92’s. For the past nine years, he has served as a cadet advisor mentoring teens whose dream is to one day become a firefighter. Steve has been in the construction business since 1996 and started his own construction company in 2004, where he has been very successful.


Jason Bundy
Board-Up Specialist

Mr. Bundy is a board-up specialist for Key Fire Investigations. He has 21 years of experience in the fire service as both a career and volunteer firefighter. Jason really enjoys being a firefighter and helping people in the community. He also been in construction most of his adult life and enjoys building and remodeling on his days off from the fire house. He also owns a landscaping and mowing business for the past eight years. Jason believes it is always good to look back on things you've done and help people in need.



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