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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration



Restoring Home Electrical Fire Damage in Cleburne for a Veteran & Service Animals

Something small is all it takes to spark a house fire. After ignition, fire damage increases exponentially. It consumes any and all flammable material nearby, causing extensive damage to homes and putting families and pets at risk. However, SERVPRO mitigation measures aim to preserve homes after a disaster to minimize stress and expense for residents affected by house fires.

IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians answered the call as quickly as possible after disaster struck in a Cleburne home, leaving extensive fire damage to the structure on several levels. All it took to spark such extensive damage was an overheated wire in the attic igniting nearby insulation to spread flames through the home. Crew Chief Cody Turner, standing outside the fire-damaged home, described how the burning insulation melted into the wiring and fire eventually spread down into various rooms throughout the home.

The homeowner, a military veteran with PTSD, was able to escape the danger along with all service animals. According to Restoration Technician Austin Hogan, the contents of the home were also salvaged, maximizing safety for occupants while minimizing the loss of possessions. 

However, structural safety must also be secured so that occupants and their possessions to stay in the home safely. Firefighting efforts also left extensive water damage throughout the home, saturating walls, framing, and even the subfloor. Crew Chief-in-training Metro described the measures taken to preserve the structure so that the home does not need to be torn down and rebuilt. SERVPRO technicians remove drywall in hallways and rooms to dry the framing with carefully-placed air movers and dehumidifiers. The windows of the fire affected structure have been left open to maximize ventilation during the drying process. 

Technicians focus on drying the framing and subfloor instead of waterlogged drywall to prevent these components from warping, rotting, or otherwise being too damaged to function. While the fire did extensive damage to the interior, only some of the damage can be seen outside the home. There is debris in parts of the yard and some visible damage and discoloration to siding and exterior brick. 

Because occupants and possessions have been safely preserved from the effects of fire, mitigation efforts can focus on returning the structure to a preloss condition. These efforts can include new electrical wiring, insulation, drywall, and other components to be installed without issue.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County preserves homes by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (817) 297-8588 today for disaster cleanup 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays.