Unattended Cooking Causes Fire In Home 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 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.
To be continued by SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties
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