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After the Fire

It is hoped that this information will assist in reducing your losses and help speed your return to a normal lifestyle.

First, we would like to answer some questions you might have about our fire operations and procedures.

1. Was it really necessary to break the windows and put holes in the roof?
As a fire burns, it moves upward, then outward. Removing windows and cutting holes in the roof, ventilation in firefighting terms, stops that damaging outward movement of smoke and heat and enables us to locate potential victims, and fight the fire more efficiently, resulting in less damage in the long run. This procedure also reduces the risk of serious injury to firefighters.

2. Why did the firefighters put holes in the walls and ceiling?
They had to be absolutely sure there was no "hidden" fire inside the walls, ceilings and partitions.

Follow these links for additional information:


Salvage Hints

Document Replacement

Money Replacement


Insurance Contacts

Food Management

Fire Records


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