What to Expect After a House Fire

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5/10/2017

It goes without saying: a house fire results in serious damage. Even areas spared damage from direct flame may have damage caused by smoke and water.


Safety is first. Before entering a damaged home, obtain permission from the fire department. Fires can start again, even if they appear to be out. Watch for damage caused by the fire including roofs and doors that may be at risk of collapsing.

Second, remember that soot and dirty water left behind can contain health-threatening elements. Once safety has been established, you can focus on salvaging any remnants.

Here are steps to consider following a fire:
  • Know who to call after a fire. Contact family members that may not have been with you. Let them know what happened, let them know that everybody is okay and let them know the information that is necessary.
  • Understand what happens with a "fire report." A fire report will discuss what structure the house was in, what area was involved, the time of the incident, the date of the incident and it will have an incident number if it comes through a fire department. Obtain a copy of it.
  • Secure the property. If you have not already done so, it is important to secure your property to prevent possible looting.
  • Consider the clean up requirements. If your house has been damaged rather than destroyed, interior clean up will be required. Damaged property can go past what you can see. You may need to call a professional to assess the damage or even clean.


Cleantec aims to offer helpful information to our clients and friends. Learn more about how we can help should your residence suffer from fire damage. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive helpful information and tips on how to protect your property from fire, water and mold damage.
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