As a fire burns, it moves up, down, and across, growing very fast. Breaking windows and cutting holes in the roof slows the fire’s growth. It also helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see to fight the fire more quickly. In the end, ventilation can help save lives and property.
Firefighters may cut holes in the walls to make sure that the fire is not hidden behind walls and completely out.
In most areas, a fire report is a public document. Ask for it from your fire department or the fire marshal’s office. The fire report will provide you with information your insurance company and other official offices may need.
You will want to find and, if need be, replace many of the following documents if they were destroyed or lost in the fire:
Damaged money may still have value. If half or more is still intact, you can take it to you can get it replaced through your Regional Federal Reserve Bank. If there is not one near you, you can mail it (registered mail – return receipts requested) to:
Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing Office of Currency Standards P.O. Box 37048 Washington, DC 20013.
After the fire, the cleaning and restoration experts at Burke’s Restoration provide the following services:
Whether you or your insurer is responsible for engaging a company to provide these services, take care to know up front who or what entity will be covering costs after the fire. Obtain a written estimate of the cost for the work, and only agree to it in writing.
Inform your local police department about your absence from home. In certain situations, it may be necessary to secure openings to prevent unauthorized access when you're away. Burke’s Restoration provides a quick-response board-up and tarp-over services, along with comprehensive restoration after the fire.