Recent Fire Damage Posts

Why are Professionals Needed to Remove Soot after Fire Damage?

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Soot Damage on a Wall Soot Damage on the Walls will require expert cleaning

After a house or commercial fire, no matter the size, dealing with the aftermath of smoke and soot can be a heavy burden for home or business owners.  It is important to correctly clean soot off of any surfaces and out of the air after a fire.  These tiny particles of soot can continue to stain surfaces it rests on in your home or business.  SERVPRO is trained and educated on how to remove these particles safely and effectively.  Soot removal can be a tedious and dirty job.  The goal with SERVPRO is to resolve your soot issue in the correct way, and restore your home and belongings to its previous condition. 

Here are three reasons why choosing SERVPRO to get soot professionally removed is the right decision:

  1. Time is not always on your side. If left untreated or in the area for too long, smoke and soot will damage your property. Serious health effects can happen due to the soot’s particularly small particle size. Soot can be very acidic which does not mix well on some surfaces and possessions in a home. If walls are cleaned incorrectly, they can leave a permanent soot stain on them.   When having SERVPRO come in immediately, much of this potential damage can be avoided. 
  2. There are also things you cannot see in a home or business that is affected by fire/soot as well.  Smoke and soot can get into the insulation and HVAC system.  If your HVAC system is running during a fire or following a fire, soot particles will enter your air ducts and filters, causing persistent odor problems and possibly even negative health effects. To prevent this, we will clean your air ducts and ensure that all harmful and odor-causing particulate health effects are removed. Open windows, install fans and get the air moving will also help with removing some soot and odor but restoration companies have the tools to get the more difficult areas cleaned. Such as if there is a lot of moisture present, there will have to be significant dehumidifying to the air or risk secondary damage from mold. If the fire department sprayed your building with a lot of water, you’ll need to do some water damage restoration first as well. Professional duct, vent and HVAC cleaning is also highly recommended.
  3. Getting the job done correctly the first time. Soot is a messy and oily residue that leaves its mark on your home. By hiring SERVPRO, you can be assured that the job will be done in a timely fashion and done to standard specifications. Smoke seeps through cracks, crevices, and hidden places, damaging areas you may not be able to see.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Haunted House with pumpkin and SERVPRO van in front Prepare for a safe and happy Halloween!

As we enter in the holiday season there are many things you might want to consider to keep you and your loved ones safe this season.  Halloween is right around the corner and is a fun, festive holiday for kids and adults.  One of the most iconic parts of Halloween involve candles in pumpkin jack o’lanterns, and strung colored lights around the house and trees.  Porch decorations such as dried corn stalks, and hay adorn many houses during this Halloween season.  Occasionally these fun festive things can become a fire hazard waiting to happen and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a few tips for you to keep your Halloween as safe as possible.  

Decorations for special events, most often involving candles, account for an annual average of 800 home fires, causing nearly $4 million in direct property damage, according to NFPA. Additionally, in the United States, more than 100 people die each year as a result of their clothing becoming ignited. 

Here are the top tips from the NFPA:

Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.  When planning party decorations, bear in mind that dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep crepe paper and other decorations well away from all heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc. Decorating with candles should be avoided. Pumpkins can be safely illuminated with small, inexpensive flashlights. When decorating, remember to keep exits clear. Be sure children are supervised at all times.

When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric.  Purchase only those costumes, wigs and props labeled as flame resistant or retardant. When creating a costume, plan carefully to ensure that it won’t easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Costumes should be made without billowing or long trailing features that present a higher risk of ignition. Avoid highly flammable fabrics and accessories.

Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.  Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure each child knows the stop, drop and roll technique in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground covering your face with your hands, and roll over and over to extinguish the flames.) Instruct children who are attending parties at others’ homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

Tips to Prevent a House Fire

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Aftermath of a kitchen fire.  Picture shows stove created damage to walls behind and above A stove fire caused damage to a home kitchen

When it comes to fire safety it is always better to be prepared.  However what is even better is if you can prevent it from happening to you and your loved ones.  Below are a few tips in preventing a house fire and to keep you safe.  If you do find yourself the victim of a house fire, small or large, SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties are available 24/7 to help with the aftermath in cleaning and restoring your home and belongings.  We will take care of any items damaged by fire or smoke, and even be able to restore any soot damage done to the interior of the home, making it seem like “it never even happened.”

To help keep your loved ones safe here are 7 tips in preventing a house fire

  1. Test your alarms.  It is recommended to check your alarms once a month by pushing the test button. You should also replace any smoke alarms that are over 10 years old, or if they don’t make a sound when tested.  Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement if applicable). 
  2. Identify fire hazards in your home.  Common kitchen appliances are often times the source of fires.  Items such as the oven, microwave, toaster, or dishwasher should only be turned on when someone is present in the home.  Other items such as a hair straightener, curling iron, electric blanket, and space heater should be used with caution as well.  Never leave an appliance like these on when not home.
  3. Understand your home electrical system.  If you’re buying or remodeling your home, it’s important to have the electrical work inspected by a professional. After that, look out for exposed wires and frayed cords. Also, if you ever have frequent problems with your circuit breakers, a tingling feeling when you touch an appliance, discolored or warm wall outlets, flickering or dimming lights, or sparks from an outlet, call an electrician immediately.
  4. Inspect your heat sources. Every year have a professional service your furnace. He or she will be able to identify if it isn’t working properly, which could prevent a fire. Using a space heater for even more warmth? Keep it away from items that could catch fire easily, like curtains and furniture. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, have your chimney inspected annually by someone who is certified in chimney sweeping.
  5. Prevent kitchen catastrophes. Find out what you can do to prevent fires in the first place (like cleaning crumbs out of the toaster and unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use). And, what to do if there actually is a kitchen fire.
  6. Safely store combustible materials. Flammable products should always be kept away from heat. Designate a cool, dark cupboard or storage space for hairspray, and cleaning and garden supplies. Additionally, gasoline, kerosene and propane should be kept outside in the original containers.
  7. Practice candle safety. More than just extinguishing the candle before you leave the house, make sure the wick is trimmed to ¼ inch in order to prevent a big flame.  Additionally, keep away from flammable materials, pets, never leave the room where the candle is burning, and make sure to extinguish around 4 hours of use.

Garage Fire caused by Golf Cart

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Golf cart in garage with fire damage. behind is more fire damage caused by golf cart charging Golf Cart sparked a fire in the garage of local home

Recently, SERVPRO responded to a residential house fire in the area that was started by a golf cart.  The initial fire started in the garage of the home where the golf cart was charging.  SERVPRO was able to respond to the call in a timely manner and assess and repair damage done to the home’s garage as well as interior.  In this particular case the fire caused structural damage to the garage, but SERVPRO was also called in to clean the interior as well where soot from the fire had spread. 

Golf cart owners may not realize it, but their golf carts can be a hazard if they are charging them inside a garage.  This is due to the batteries in the cart, particularly older ones that emit hydrogen, an odorless, colorless gas that is highly flammable.  When hydrogen levels reach 4-7%, it becomes explosive.  Periodically the battery needs to be filled with distilled water in order to prevent hydrogen gas from forming and create the conditions for an explosion or fire.  With hydrogen present, anything in the garage such as the door switch or garage light can create a spark to fuel an explosion. 

Below are some tips to prevent golf cart fires:

  • Read and follow all instructions/warnings from the manufacturer
  • Only use the electrical cords and battery charger designated for the golf cart
  • Charge in an open, ventilated area
  • Regularly check for damage to and/or leaks in the battery
  • Set up a timer that controls when the battery is charged and disconnect
  • Make sure a smoke and carbon monoxide detector is installed in the home

Lightening Strike Causes Fire Damage into the Crawlspace

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Crawlspace with heavy fire damage from a lightning stike A lightning strike can carry itself from the top of the house clear to the basement, or crawlspace.

SERVPRO Responds to a Fire Damaged Home from a lightning strike during a storm in Lancaster South Carolina Caused by Storm That Rolled Through.  The evening was filled with high winds, rain, and heavy rounds of lightning strikes. Any one of these elements can cause major damage to a home or business.  A tree falling on a home or business can bring the rains into the home, or business causing water damage, and as we see in the south, lightning strikes are an unfortunate part of a storm rolling through.  With a lightning strike on a home or business the level of the incident suddenly moves to a whole new level.  You now have lightning damage, which includes fire damage, and water damage.  Bottom line, it is quite overwhelming to process how one lightning strike can cause so much damage. 

SERVPRO specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response Time with Crews Ready 24/7/365

We are locally owned and operated enabling us to respond quicker with the proper resources tailored to fit your circumstances, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit SERVPRO can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We want you back to “Like it never even happened.”

Many Fires Are Caused Each Year From Improper Use of a Space Heaer

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Putting a space heater next to your bed is dangerous as your blankets, clothing, or mattress could ignite.

In the winter time the rural communities will utilize portable space heaters, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters. Unfortunately, it is a common risk taken without the complete understanding of the fire potential should any of these be used improperly. With a fire, comes water used to put out the fire. Without proper cleanup from the fire and water, comes the potential of mold.

Below are some winter safety tips, and general fire prevention tips to help keep you, your families, and homes safe.

Space heaters need space---keep furniture and objects away.

Electric space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet---NOT AN EXTENSION CORD.

Appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord to avoid the potential of an electrical fire.

NEVER use gasoline in kerosene heaters, or camp stove oil units.

NEVER fill a heating unit when hot.

If you do have a fire SERVPRO is Here To Help. We want to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

With a Structure Fire You Will Also Have Water Damage

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

With Fire Damage comes Water Damage, and Soot throughout the structure.

Once a fire has started and the fire department has arrived, the situation becomes a fire, water job for SERVPRO. There are many factors that can delay the cleanup of a fire, water job. The goal at SERVPRO is to respond within an hour of receiving the call. Once the fire scene has been turned over to SERVPRO we begin the cleanup process for the fire, and water damage which will include the removal of damaged debris. Damaged debris can include but not limited to construction building materials, and personal items belonging to the homeowner, or business. SERVPRO has a contents crew that thoroughly goes through each piece of property, and documents whether it is a loss, or in need of being restored, or cleaned.

A fire has its own level of devastation, add to that the amount of water used to put out the fire. Should the water be left standing there is a high potential for mold to begin growing. At SERVPRO our goal is to get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

Stove Fires on the Rise Due to Distractions in the Home or Office

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Stove fires are statistically on the rise due to distractions around the home, or office

SERVPRO has been called several times for kitchen fires that could have been avoided had the source been attended. It is so easy to set a pot on the stove only to leave the kitchen and get sidetracked with yet another distraction. In the blink of an eye your home can be enveloped by fire. You could be displaced from your home, belongs lost, treasured pictures, memories in the form of heirlooms, and daily needed articles damaged, or permanently destroyed. And yes, if we are going to be real here, the ultimate loss would be loss of life. SERVPRO cares, and to help you avoid a kitchen fire, I have listed below key elements that are fire-related hazards in a kitchen. Happy and safe cooking from all of us at SERVPRO. Fire-related hazards in a kitchen include: Flames, sparks, and hot gases from food preparation that can ignite residues in exhaust ducts. Food preparation equipment left without supervision during operation. Failure to switch-off equipment, especially at the end of an activity. Overheated oils that can lead to spontaneous combustion. Food preparation equipment based on solid fuels. Gas blowtorches used for browning some foods. Poorly operating thermostats or lack of thermostat or fault-detecting equipment. Faulty or overheating electrical equipment. Metal exhaust flues that conduct heat and ignite nearby material or debris. Ovens without igniters/pilot lights (lit with burning pieces of paper).

Fire, Water, and Smoke Damage to a Home in Lancaster was caused by an Unattended Stove

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

A stove left unattended can cause major fire, water, and smoke damage to a home.

SERVPRO has been called several times for kitchen fires that could have been avoided had the source been attended. It is so easy to set a pot on the stove only to leave the kitchen and get sidetracked with yet another distraction. In the blink of an eye your home can be affected by fire, smoke, and water. You could be displaced from your home, belongs lost, treasured pictures, memories in the form of heirlooms, and daily needed articles damaged, or permanently destroyed. And yes, if we are going to be real here, the ultimate loss would be loss of life.

We are available to assist with your needs 24/7/365. At SERVPRO our trained technicians are prepared to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Fire at Home in Lancaster South Carolina Causes Heavy Smoke Damage

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Leaving a stove unattended is cause of kitchen fire, and heavy smoke damage to the home

While damage from the actual flames was confined mostly to the kitchen, you take notice of how the smoke has migrated throughout the entire home. Many unexpected issues from smoke and fire damage can be found. While walking through the home with SERVPRO it becomes evident the actual amount of damage smoke can cause. You’ll notice discolored walls, or ash and soot on the floor. Depending on the path used with the fire hose you’ll also see a soggy sooty film. Be mindful of the smell as you make your way through the house as smells can be produced which can cause side effects that can be harmful not only to surfaces, but your health as well. Keep in mind that there will be changes in what you are seeing, some immediately, and some over the next few hours, or even days.

At SERVPRO we are prepared to assist with fire damage, and smoke damage to your home, or business.

Stove Left Unattended in Lancaster Home Is Cause of Fire

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Leaving stove unattended put a family out of their home for several months.

No matter your walk in life, or the label society has placed on your age group generation. Every one of us at some point in time has opted to multi task cooking.  While this thought process can seem an innocent action in the grand scheme of life’s crazy schedules, it can also be deemed one of the most devastating, and costly.

SERVPRO has been called several times for kitchen fires that could have been avoided had the source been attended. It is so easy to set a pot on the stove only to leave the kitchen and get side tracked with yet another distraction. In the blink of an eye your home can be enveloped by fire. You could be displaced from your home, belongs lost, treasured pictures, memories in the form of heirlooms, and daily needed articles damaged, or permanently destroyed. And yes if we are going to be real here, the ultimate loss would be loss of life.

Heavy Smoke Filters Through the Cracks in the Windows at a House Fire in Kershaw South Carolina

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

There was so much smoke inside the house fire that the smoke filtered through the cracks in the windows

You would think that fire and smoke damage would contain itself to just the inside of a building when there's a fire.  Even a small fire can cause enough heat and smoke damage to weave itself through even the smallest of cracks. Every door frame, cabinets, and mirrors are affected.  One would not think that a fireplace would be affected, but the bricks, or rock used for the chimney are porous and even in the tiny pores soot will settle leaving a smoke odor.  Like heat, smoke rises which means the entire attic will be affected. Like the brick, wood too is very porous and will retain the soot in the tiny pores.  SERVPRO knows the importance of locating all avenues the smoke has taken so that when your home the smoke and fire damage can be behind you, and all that remains is the fire of yesterday, and a renewed home today.

SERVPRO is your resource #24/7/365

Space Heater Cause of Fire at a Home in Lancaster

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Never place a space heater next to or on flammable materials or furnishings
Space Heaters can warm, but improperly used in the least can cause #firedame and at the most #trauma. Be safe when using a space heater

With the chilly weather upon us so is the potential for families and or businesses turning to heating resources they feel might be beneficial in helping to heat a home, or business.

Statically billions are spent each year, yes each year, on damage caused by fires.  Lives are lost, and many are injured.

  • In the winter time the rural communities will utilize portable space heaters, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters.  Unfortunately it is a common risk taken without the complete understanding of the fire potential should any of these be used improperly. With a fire, comes water used to put out the fire.  Without proper cleanup from the fire and water, comes the potential of mold.  

Below are some winter safety tips, and general fire prevention tips to help keep you, your families, and homes safe.

  • Space heaters need space---keep furniture and objects away
  • Electric space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet---NOT AN EXTENSION CORD
  • Appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord to avoid the potential of an electrical fire. 
  • NEVER use gasoline in kerosene heaters, or camp stove oil units.
  • NEVER fill a heating unit when hot
  • Be sure your chimney is clean before using, and that your damper is working properly
  • Use an insert or heavy screen to prevent hot embers from leaving the fireplace compartment, and keep logs from rolling out
  • ALWAYS allow ashes to cool before removing, and ALWAYS place ashes inside a metal container.  Always store ash containers at least 10 feet from buildings
  • NEVER leave food cooking, or candles burning unattended.
  • NEVER use a grill as a heat source inside the home, or business.
  • ALWAYS use portable generators outside away from doors and windows, NEVER use inside of enclosed areas of a home or buildings.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area, and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in the home.

If you are in need of smoke detectors either call or stop by your local fire department and they will be happy to provide what is needed in your home at no cost.  If you are unable to install, they will be happy to assist and install for you.

We at SERVPRO  wishes you a safe and warm winter.  Should you have any questions, or are in need  of assistance please feel free to contact us.

Can of Peas Cause of Stove Fire in Lancaster South Carolina

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

It only took a pan of peas to start this stove top fire.

No matter your walk in life, or the label society has placed on your age group generation. Every one of us at some point in time has opted to multi task cooking.  While this thought process can seem like an innocent action in the grand scheme of life’s crazy schedules, it can also be deemed one of the most devastating, and costly.

SERVPRO has been called several times for kitchen fires that could have been avoided had the source been attended. It is so easy to set a pot on the stove only to leave the kitchen and get side tracked with yet another distraction. In the blink of an eye your home can be enveloped by fire. You could be displaced from your home, belongs lost, treasured pictures, memories in the form of heirlooms, and daily needed articles damaged, or permanently destroyed. And yes if we are going to be real here, the ultimate loss would be loss of life.

SERVPRO cares, and to help you avoid a kitchen fire, I have listed below key elements that are fire-related hazards in a kitchen. Happy and safe cooking from all us at SERVPRO  

Fire-related hazards in a kitchen include:

  •  Flames, sparks and hot gases from food

   preparation can ignite residues in exhaust ducts

  • Food preparation equipment

   left without supervision during operation

  •  Failure to switch-off equipment, especially

   at the end of activity

  • Overheated oils that can lead to spontaneous
    combustion
  • Food preparation equipment based on solid fuels
  • Gas blowtorches used for browning some foods
  • Poorly operating thermostats or lack

   of thermostat or fault-detecting equipment

  • Faulty or overheating electrical equipment
  •  Metal exhaust flues that conduct heat

   and ignite nearby material or debris

  • Ovens without igniters/pilot lights
  1.    (lit with burning pieces of paper).

A Space Heater Improperly placed can cause a fire

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

To help avoid a space heater fire place in a clear area, and away from furniture.

With the chilly weather upon us so is the potential for families and or businesses turning to heating resources they feel might be beneficial in helping to heat a home, or business.

Statically billions are spent each year, yes each year, on damage caused by fires.  Lives are lost, and many are injured.

  • In the winter time the rural communities will utilize portable space heaters, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters.  Unfortunately it is a common risk taken without the complete understanding of the fire potential should any of these be used improperly. With a fire, comes water used to put out the fire.  Without proper cleanup from the fire and water, comes the potential of mold.  

Below are some winter safety tips, and general fire prevention tips to help keep you, your families, and homes safe.

  • Space heaters need space---keep furniture and objects away
  • Electric space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet---NOT AN EXTENSION CORD
  • Appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord to avoid the potential of an electrical fire. 
  • NEVER use gasoline in kerosene heaters, or camp stove oil units.
  • NEVER fill a heating unit when hot
  • Be sure your chimney is clean before using, and that your damper is working properly
  • Use an insert or heavy screen to prevent hot embers from leaving the fireplace compartment, and keep logs from rolling out
  • ALWAYS allow ashes to cool before removing, and ALWAYS place ashes inside a metal container.  Always store ash containers at least 10 feet from buildings
  • NEVER leave food cooking, or candles burning unattended.
  • NEVER use a grill as a heat source inside the home, or business.
  • ALWAYS use portable generators outside away from doors and windows, NEVER use inside of enclosed areas of a home or buildings.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area, and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in the home.

If you are in need of smoke detectors either call or stop by your local fire department and they will be happy to provide what is needed in your home at no cost.  If you are unable to install, they will be happy to assist and install for you.

Warm Up Wisely to Avoid a Fire in Your Home or Business

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Too much heat at your feet can cause a fire is not done properly

With the chilly weather upon us so is the potential for families and or businesses turning to heating resources they feel might be beneficial in helping to heat a home, or business.

Statically billions are spent each year, yes, each year, on damage caused by fires.  Lives are lost, and many are injured.

  • In the wintertime the rural communities will utilize portable space heaters, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters.  Unfortunately, it is a common risk taken without the complete understanding of the fire potential should any of these be used improperly. With a fire, comes water used to put out the fire.  Without proper cleanup from the fire and water, comes the potential of mold.  

Below are some winter safety tips, and general fire prevention tips to help keep you, your families, and homes safe.

  • Space heaters need space---keep furniture and objects away
  • Electric space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet---NOT AN EXTENSION CORD
  • Appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord to avoid the potential of an electrical fire. 
  • NEVER use gasoline in kerosene heaters, or camp stove oil units.
  • NEVER fill a heating unit when hot
  • Be sure your chimney is clean before using, and that your damper is working properly
  • Use an insert or heavy screen to prevent hot embers from leaving the fireplace compartment, and keep logs from rolling out
  • ALWAYS allow ashes to cool before removing, and ALWAYS place ashes inside a metal container.  Always store ash containers at least 10 feet from buildings
  • NEVER leave food cooking, or candles burning unattended.
  • NEVER use a grill as a heat source inside the home, or business.
  • ALWAYS use portable generators outside away from doors and windows, NEVER use inside of enclosed areas of a home or buildings.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area, and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in the home.

If you need smoke detectors either call or stop by your local fire department and they will be happy to provide what is needed in your home at no cost.  If you are unable to install, they will be happy to assist and install for you.

  Should you have any questions or are in need of assistance please feel free to contact us.

SERVPRO IS YOUR NUMBER ONE RESOURCE FOR FIRE, WATER, AND MOLD REMEDIATION.

Fire in Camden South Carolina Apartment Community Damages Three Apartments

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to the middle apartment was caused by the fire department extinguishing a fire in the apartment directly above it.

Without a doubt a fire has its own level of devastation, add to that the amount of water used throughout.  Now add the sitting water which has the potential to become a mold issue.  

Once a fire has started and the fire department has arrived, the situation becomes a fire, water job for SERVPRO There are many factors that can delay the cleanup of a fire, water job.  The goal at SERVPRO is to respond within an hour of receiving the call.   Once the fire scene has been turned over to SERVPRO we begin the cleanup process for the fire, and water damage which will include the removal of damaged debris. Damaged debris can include but not be limited to construction building materials, and personal items belonging to the homeowner, or business. SERVPRO has a contents crew that goes through each piece of property and documents whether it is a loss or in need of being cleaned.

Christmas Globe one of the few things salvaged from house fire in Kershaw South Carolina

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

While this globe came blackened, it was the clear tears of joy by the homeowner that made this priceless.

One unforgettable day the blare of fire sirens broke the silence, and the fire trucks rolling by kicked up a cloud of dust that was still floating to the ground as the fire trucks disappeared around the corner. I look around and see a thick black billowing cloud of smoke swirling its way into the clear blue sky. It only took a moment to realize the commotion was taking place in what was the vicinity of where I had spent my childhood years. As I jumped into my truck my phone began to ring causing my heart to skip a beat, and my stomach to jump into a knot. Fear washed over me as I rounded the corner and realized what once was my childhood home was completely engulfed in flames. Black smoke laced with yellow and orange flames did a wicked dance that had already enveloped the inside, and quickly consumed and claimed the outer structure of what had been a home once filled with laughter, and the smell of mom’s home cooking. 

The towns’ people were arriving and stood with their heads down praying that all would be well. As the rest of my family arrived, we hugged one another, tears freely running down our cheeks as we watched with broken hearts our childhood home disappear into the flickering flames.

We reached out to SERVPRO to handle what the firemen called a ‘board-up’ to protect and preserve what was remaining of the home.

After days of sifting through the rubble we discovered a Christmas Globe that had been part of our families Christmas decorations as far back as I could remember. Sobbing my sister contacted SERVPRO to see if there was any way possible to restore the completely blackened globe. No promises made by SERVPRO I dropped it off and prayed SERVPRO would be able to save the small, yet only remaining memory found in the rubble. A week later to my astonishment I received a call from SERVPRO asking me to stop by the office.

The knot in my stomach quickly disappeared and I broke into tears of joy as I looked at the beautifully restored Christmas Globe. That such a small item could bring so much heartfelt joy to our family, and I will always be grateful to SERVPRO for taking care of a small piece of our family history.

SERVPRO #HereToHelp 24/7/365

Stove Fire at Apartment Community in Camden South Carolina Affects Lower Unit

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Unbeknownst to the tenant in the second floor apartment, a fire had broke out in the third floor apartment causing water damage, and smoke damage.

Living in an apartment community is to closely be adjoined with your neighbors. Whether it is a single story, or a multi-story building will determine the actual number of ways that you could be affected by your neighbor’s situation either with water, fire, or both.

A fire broke out on the upper floor apartment causing damage to the apartment directly below. Once the fire department arrives and puts out the fire using water, the water because of gravity flows down until a level surface is reached then flows outward. Beside the water damage, there is also smoke damage,

SERVPRO arrives on location and performs a pre-inspection to determine what will need to be done. Depending on the extent of the water and smoke damage will determine how much of the personal property will need to be cleaned or packed out. Fortunately for the tenant in the lower unit, the damage could have been far worse.

24/7/365 #HereToHelp

Unattended Stove Cause of Fire at Home In Lancaster SC

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

It takes just moments for a fire to start. When it happens we are #HereToHelp
Summer is here and the long heated days we are experiencing, it is easy to start something as simple as a pot of beans on the stove and walk away. Might be it just too hot to stand there, and while you find comfort closer to a cooler part of the room, it is easy to get distracted and move onto another point of interest, and one certainly not as hot as standing by the stove. Now let’s not be too hard on ourselves as this is an occurrence that is quite common in most homes. Unfortunately over the sound of the television, and the conversation of others comes the obnoxious blast of the fire alarms, yes alarms as the smoke has fanned out to envelope the entire house. Panic sets in and you run for the kitchen only to find flames lapping at the cabinets and ceiling. Frantically you dial 911, grab what you can, if you can, and scramble for the closest door to head outside.

As you do a quick look around to be sure everyone has made it out safely, shock begins to set in, and your mind races to remember all that you still have in the house that is irreplaceable. The situation can only be classified as one filled with trauma, and raw emotions. With a sigh of relief you hear SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties assure you they are on their way.

While damage from the actual flames was confined mostly to the kitchen, you take notice of how the smoke has migrated throughout the entire home. Many unexpected issues from smoke and fire damage can be found. While walking through the home with SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties it becomes evident the actual amount of damage smoke can cause. You’ll notice discolored walls, or ash and soot on the floor, often depending on the water path used with the fire hose, this will be accompanied by a black sooty soggy film. Be mindful of the smell as you make your way through the house as smells can be produced which can cause side effects that can be harmful not only to surfaces, but your health as well. Keep in mind that there will be changes in what you are seeing, some immediately, and some over the next few hours, or even days.

Unattended Stove Cause of House Fire in Lancaster South Carolina

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires are more common these days due to the many distractions before us. Call SERVPRO #HereToHelp

Every one of us at some point in time has opted to multitask cooking.  While this thought process can seem an innocent action in the grand scheme of life’s crazy schedules, it can also be deemed one of the most devastating, and costly.

SERVPRO has been called several times for kitchen fires that could have been avoided had the source been attended. It is so easy to set a pot on the stove only to leave the kitchen and get sidetracked with yet another distraction. In the blink of an eye your home can be enveloped by fire. You could be displaced from your home, belongs lost, treasured pictures, memories in the form of heirlooms, and daily needed articles damaged, or permanently destroyed. And yes, if we are going to be real here, the ultimate loss would be loss of life.

Here at SERVPRO we care, and to help you avoid a kitchen fire, I have listed below key elements that are fire-related hazards in a kitchen. Happy and safe cooking from all of us at SERVPRO.

Fire-related hazards in a kitchen include:

  • Flames, sparks and hot gases from food preparation can ignite residues in exhaust ducts
  • Food preparation equipment left without supervision during operation
  • Failure to switch-off equipment, especially at the end of activity
  • Overheated oils that can lead to spontaneous combustion
  • Food preparation equipment based on solid fuels
  • Gas blowtorches used for browning some foods
  • Poorly operating thermostats or lack of thermostat or fault-detecting equipment
  • Faulty or overheating electrical equipment
  • Metal exhaust flues that conduct heat and ignite nearby material or debris
  • Ovens without igniters/pilot lights (lit with burning pieces of paper).

Lancaster County School District Appreciates SERVPRO

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties Worked with our Extreme Team To Get The Kids Back in Class

It is never easy to let your kids know that their school has suffered a fire. As parents it is tough to realize your routine has just taken a turn. There is so much community appreciation and gratification in knowing that SERVPRO helped to get kids, and parents to their routine.  If you missed what happened I’ve provided a recap of what happened.  The small community located between Kershaw and Heath Springs, South Carolina, was startled and surprised to hear a major fire had broken out at Andrew Jackson Middle School late Thursday evening. The Kershaw Volunteer Fire Department was the first to respond, and other departments joined in giving the night sky a smoky illusion with over twenty fire vehicle lights lighting the smoke filled night.

Thankfully no one was hurt, and it was determined that the fire began in a custodian's storage closet.  I was afforded the opportunity to walk the dark wet smoke filled halls this morning and see first-hand the extent of damage.

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties is there already working to restore the school back to "Like it never even happened." status.  Crews will be working around the clock until the cleanup is completed. 

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties would like to thank all the responders for their diligence and hard work to cut short what could have been a horrible loss to our community.

Pool Pump Causes House Fire in Camden South Carolina

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Pool Pump Location can be a Fire hazard

If there is a cause of fire one would surely never ponder, it’s a fire caused by a pool pump.  The motor over heating can easily cause a failure, but even a little backup can cause pressure which creates more of an explosive device. Placed too close to the home a fire hazard can be created, as is the case with this pool pump.  Fortunately, there was no one in the home at the time, but the fire damage while not a complete loss was quite extensive causing the family to be displaced.  When installing a pool with a pump,  it is important to be mindful of which direction the pool pump faces, and how close it is to the home.  At SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties we are prepared for your emergency whether it be fire, water, or smoke.  

24/7/365 803-475-7500

Chilly Temps in Kershaw and Lancaster Counties can Lead to Fire Damage

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Space Heaters can warm, but improperly used in the least can cause #firedame and at the most #trauma. Be safe when using a space heater

With the chilly weather upon us so is the potential for families and or businesses turning to heating resources they feel might be beneficial in helping to heat a home, or business.

Statically billions are spent each year, yes each year, on damage caused by fires.  Lives are lost, and many are injured.

  • In the winter time the rural communities will utilize portable space heaters, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters.  Unfortunately it is a common risk taken without the complete understanding of the fire potential should any of these be used improperly. With a fire, comes water used to put out the fire.  Without proper cleanup from the fire and water, comes the potential of mold.  

Below are some winter safety tips, and general fire prevention tips to help keep you, your families, and homes safe.

  • Space heaters need space---keep furniture and objects away
  • Electric space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet---NOT AN EXTENSION CORD
  • Appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord to avoid the potential of an electrical fire. 
  • NEVER use gasoline in kerosene heaters, or camp stove oil units.
  • NEVER fill a heating unit when hot
  • Be sure your chimney is clean before using, and that your damper is working properly
  • Use an insert or heavy screen to prevent hot embers from leaving the fireplace compartment, and keep logs from rolling out
  • ALWAYS allow ashes to cool before removing, and ALWAYS place ashes inside a metal container.  Always store ash containers at least 10 feet from buildings
  • NEVER leave food cooking, or candles burning unattended.
  • NEVER use a grill as a heat source inside the home, or business.
  • ALWAYS use portable generators outside away from doors and windows, NEVER use inside of enclosed areas of a home or buildings.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area, and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in the home.

If you are in need of smoke detectors either call or stop by your local fire department and they will be happy to provide what is needed in your home at no cost.  If you are unable to install, they will be happy to assist and install for you.

We at SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties wish you a safe and warm winter.  Should you have any questions, or are in need  of assistance please feel free to contact us.

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties IS YOUR NUMBER ONE RESOURCE FOR FIRE, WATER, AND MOLD REMEDIATION.

803-475-7500

Almost a year since the fire at Andrew Jackson School in Kershaw SC

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

One year later and the Andrew Jackson School is happy to have utilized the services of SERVPRO for the heavy smoke damage throughout the school.

The small community located between Kershaw, and Heath Springs South Carolina were startled and surprised to hear a major fire had broken out at Andrew Jackson Middle School late Thursday evening. The Kershaw Volunteer Fire Department were the first to respond, and other departments joined in giving the night sky a smoky illusion with over twenty fire vehicle lights lighting the smoked filled night.

Thankfully no one was hurt, and it was determined that the fire began in a custodians storage closet.  I was afforded the opportunity to walk the dark wet smoke filled halls this morning and see first-hand the extent of damage.

SERVPRO of Kershaw & Lancaster Counties are there already working to restore the school back to "Like it never even happened" status.  Crews will be working around the clock until the cleanup is completed. 

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties would like to thank all the responders for their diligence and hard work to cut short what could of been a horrible loss to our community.

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties is your resource #24/7/365 #fire #smoke #smokedamage #water #waterdamage #storm #flood #frozenpipes #trauma #kershawcounty #lancastercounty #teamSERVPRO #community 803-475-7500

Unattended Stove Cause of Fire at a Home in Lancaster South Carolina

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Small Pan Large Fire in Lancaster South Carolina

UNATTENDED STOVE FIRE Part 1

With summer just around the corner, and the long heated days we are experiencing, it is easy to start something as simple as a pot of beans on the stove and walk away. Might be it just too hot to stand there, and while you find comfort closer to a cooler part of the room, it is easy to get distracted and move onto another point of interest, and one certainly not as hot as standing by the stove. Now let’s not be too hard on ourselves as this is an occurrence that is quite common in most homes. Unfortunately over the sound of the television, and the conversation of others comes the obnoxious blast of the fire alarms, yes alarms as the smoke has fanned out to envelope the entire house. Panic sets in and you run for the kitchen only to find flames lapping at the cabinets and ceiling. Frantically you dial 911, grab what you can, if you can, and scramble for the closest door to head outside.

As you do a quick look around to be sure everyone has made it out safely, shock begins to set in, and your mind races to remember all that you still have in the house that is irreplaceable. The situation can only be classified as one filled with trauma, and raw emotions. With a sigh of relief you hear SERVPRO assure you they are on their way.

While damage from the actual flames was confined mostly to the kitchen, you take notice of how the smoke has migrated throughout the entire home. Many unexpected issues from smoke and fire damage can be found. While walking through the home with SERVPRO it becomes evident the actual amount of damage smoke can cause. You’ll notice discolored walls, or ash and soot on the floor, often depending on the water path used with the fire hose, this will be accompanied by a black sooty soggy film. Be mindful of the smell as you make your way through the house as smells can be produced which can cause side effects that can be harmful not only to surfaces, but your health as well. Keep in mind that there will be changes in what you are seeing, some immediately, and some over the next few hours, or even days.

#HereToHelp 24/7/365

Multi-Tasking and Cooking Causes House Fire In Lancaster South Carolina

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

It was only a pan of peas that caused a devastating house fire

Multi-Tasking and Cooking

No matter your walk in life, or the label society has placed on your age group generation. Every one of us at some point in time has opted to multi task cooking.  While this thought process can seem an innocent action in the grand scheme of life’s crazy schedules, it can also be deemed one of the most devastating, and costly.

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties has been called several times for kitchen fires that could have been avoided had the source been attended. It is so easy to set a pot on the stove only to leave the kitchen and get side tracked with yet another distraction. In the blink of an eye your home can be enveloped by fire. You could be displaced from your home, belongs lost, treasured pictures, memories in the form of heirlooms, and daily needed articles damaged, or permanently destroyed. And yes if we are going to be real here, the ultimate loss would be loss of life.

Here at SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties cares, and to help you avoid a kitchen fire, I have listed below key elements that are fire-related hazards in a kitchen. Happy and safe cooking from all of us at SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties.

Fire-related hazards in a kitchen include:

  •  Flames, sparks and hot gases from food

   preparation can ignite residues in exhaust ducts

  • Food preparation equipment

   left without supervision during operation

  •  Failure to switch-off equipment, especially

   at the end of activity

  • Overheated oils that can lead to spontaneous

   combustion

  • Food preparation equipment based on solid fuels
  • Gas blowtorches used for browning some foods
  • Poorly operating thermostats or lack

   of thermostat or fault-detecting equipment

  • Faulty or overheating electrical equipment
  •  Metal exhaust flues that conduct heat

   and ignite nearby material or debris

  • Ovens without igniters/pilot lights

   (lit with burning pieces of paper).

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties is your resource #24/7/365 #fire #smoke #smokedamage #water #waterdamage #storm #stormdamage #flood #flooddamage #frozenpipes #trauma #kershawcounty #lancastercounty #SERVPRO #teamSERVPRO #community 803-475-7500