Recent Fire Damage Posts

What NOT to do after fire damage

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

burned kitchen cabinet The do's and don't of fire damage.

Fire and smoke damage? You already know to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton.

But do you know what NOT to do after a fire?

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

When it comes to fire damage, there's a lot to do to restore your property.

Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Our highly trained technicians will explain the process to you, and we’ll be here for you every step of the way.

When it's more than fire damage

3/20/2021 (Permalink)

box filled basement Basement storage suffers water damage after fire fighting efforts

Typically, we think of fire damage as images of burned out, hollow structures.

But oftentimes, the damage is more subtle, yet just as destructive.

This retail warehouse suffered fire damage on the main floor of the facility. Once the fire alarm system was activated, the sprinkler system also activated and helped to control the fire.

Once the fire department completed their inspection and determined the structure was safe, the owners call our team at SERVPRO of Lawton to begin the restoration process.

Our team noted the fire damage on the main floor, along with the water damage caused by the fire suppression system.

We also noted the basement had severe water damage due to fire fighting activities, and had standing water throughout the area.

Our teams began extracting water from the basement area as we also prepared to pack out, move out and demo the affected areas.

When fire and water damage happens, call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

What's the number one cause of home fires?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire burned stove and cabinet Avoiding distractions while cooking can prevent kitchen fires.

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries.  And the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

We've all been there. It's been a busy day, you've rushed home from work to start dinner, and the kids are fussing in the other room.

You've probably yelled at them a time or two before leaving the kitchen to see what the fuss is all about.

And just like that, a fire can start. 

It doesn't take long for a small, unattended fire to become a much larger problem.

At SERVPRO of Lawton, we know how destructive a cooking fire can be.

We also know that the majority of cooking fires can be avoided.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

Eliminating distractions is one of the easiest ways to help prevent cooking fires!

If fire damage does happen, call the #1 recommended restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662. We're here to help.

Fire leaves tenant with nowhere to go

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged cabinets Fire damaged apartment is not safe for tenant

If you've ever been to the scene of a fire, you know the damage caused by the fire itself, as well as smoke, soot and water damage.

Typically, very little is left for the family to take with them. And what may be restorable must be properly cleaned before sending to a new family home.

This apartment fire was no different than many we see. Except the occupant was an elderly lady, with no family close by and no available units for her to relocate to.

The property manager contacted another (unrelated) complex to see if they could assist.

And they did. They offered an apartment free of charge for three months. The current property manager offered to take care of the restoration of her property. And the onsite handyman helped her gather a few essentials and drove her to her new home.

We are so proud to be a part of a community that cares, and is here to help their neighbors.

SERVPRO of Lawton. Together with our community, we can make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire destroys home and garage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged garage Fire damage leaves few belongings intact

One of our agents called to let us know a customer of his had suffered a major house fire and needed help.

Our team of expertly trained professionals went to inspect the loss and were stunned by the damage.

The left wing of the home was covered in soot and smoke damage. The entire middle section of the home was a pile of charred debris. And the right wing, which contained the garage, was barely standing.

Our technicians noted that the contents in the left wing would need to be packed up and moved out to our warehouse for cleaning and restoration.

The rest of the home was a complete loss.

Once we received the notice to proceed from the adjuster, we began the job of documenting each item and packing everything up.

All told, this customers contents were cleaned and restored within three weeks. We kept her property secured in our warehouse until she was ready for us to deliver them to her new home.

That was a happy day for everyone involved!

Fire damages fireplace, leaves apartment untouched.

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged chimney Fire destroyed this chimney unit

When a landlord calls us about an apartment fire, we immediately think of a large amount of damage.

In this case, we were surprised that while the exterior of the unit suffered fire damage, the apartment itself did not.

As we inspected the property for smoke or soot, we realized the unit was clean and did not require our services.

The exterior of the unit had been inspected by the property manager and their contractor, and plans were already underway to remove the damaged areas.

When the manager asked how much he owed us for the inspection, we replied "no charge."

He was pleasantly surprised and very thankful that we responded quickly and were not charging him for the site visit.

And he assured us that if he ever needed any damage restoration services that he would definitely call us.

Why call SERVPRO of Lawton for your damage restoration needs? Because our services go beyond just restoration. We care about your loss, and we're here to help.

Attic fire creates severe damage

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

hole in ceiling, burned furnishings Small chimney fire causes major damage

Have you had your chimney inspected recently?

This homeowner didn't realize the inspection of their new home did not include a thorough inspection and cleaning of their chimney.

At the first sign of a cold spell, the owners built a fire and were enjoying its warmth when a neighbor called to notify them their roof was on fire.

911 was called, and the homeowners and their neighbors stood outside watching the firefighting efforts.

While firefighters were tearing holes in the roof to gain access to hot spots, inside the home ceilings were being torn down to ensure the flames were completely out.

One small spark from a damaged flue left a big mess inside and outside of the home.

SERVPRO of Lawton responded to this customers call quickly, and began the clean up and restoration process.

Fire, water and smoke damage? Call the #1 recommended restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Lawton today.

Intense smoke damage highlights wall decor

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

smoke outlines of wall decor Fire and smoke damages nursery

What started as a quiet evening for a young couple and their baby soon turned dark and hectic.

Noise in the street drew their attention outside, where local police officers were staged around their property.

Scared and confused as to what was taking place, the couple retreated to the baby's room to protect their daughter.

Moments later, a tear gas cannister crashed through the window, and in the turmoil that followed a fire broke out.

After evacuating the property and visiting with officials, it was determined that the young couple was not in violation of any laws, and the incident was merely a mistake.

Not a normal course of events in the quiet towns of Southwest Oklahoma.

And certainly not what the homeowner expected to learn about the next day when she visited the property.

Thankfully, she called SERVPRO of Lawton to begin the fire restoration process.

Fire, water, smoke and debris damages home

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Debris from ceiling collapse damages kitchen

Ask anyone who has suffered fire damage, "What's it like?"

They will likely answer, "It's the worst possible moment in my life."

Why? Because it's more than just fire damage. It's smoke, soot, and water damage.

It's a wet, foul smelling mess. And if left to stand for too long, it will also become a moldy mess.

Thankfully, this homeowner called SERVPRO of Lawton quickly, so the secondary damage (mold) was not going to be a problem.

Our team began the restoration process by removing all debris from the fire damage. We then began sorting the restorable soft material items from the hard goods, such as furniture.

Day by day we packed out and moved personal items into our secure warehouse for restoration.

And each day we assured the homeowner we could restore and return her property when she was ready.

At SERVPRO of Lawton, we can't change the memories of the worst day in your life.

We can, however, restore your priceless memories and help you build new ones.

Fire damage is more than property damage.

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire burned bare studs Portions of this home are beyond the restoration process

Fire damage is more than property damage. It's personal, and emotional.

The memories associated with your personal property aren't diminished when the property is beyond restoration.

We understand. And we're here to help.

Our team of expertly trained professionals will treat you and your property with respect.

We'll carefully and diligently inventory your items, and pack them out for cleaning and restoration.

And although it may not seem like things will be okay, we'll work hard to make sure it is.

We helped this homeowner recover and restore her property, and we can help you, too.

The restoration and recovery process after a fire is long and extensive. And we're here with you every step of the way.

From packing out and moving your property to our secure warehouse, to cleaning and deodorizing each item and providing a thorough inventory of your property, we're right here.

We even deliver your property to your new home when you're ready.

When fire damage happens, call the #1 recommended restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

Fire destroys car and garage

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

burned car We couldn't save the car, but we could save the property.

It may not look like any part of this home survived this fire, but one section did.

The homeowner called SERVPRO of Lawton after a fire severely damaged his home.

Upon inspection, the long section of the home suffered smoke and water damage. The shorter section, which included the garage, was a complete loss.

Our team of expertly trained professionals immediately began separating property that could be restored from those items that were too damaged.

All property was digitally recorded and carefully packed into numbered boxes in order to assure a thorough inventory for the homeowner.

Once packed out, restorable items were taken to our secure warehouse for cleaning and restoration.

(It wasn't a quick job. Cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing this homeowner's property took almost two weeks.)

Once restored and packed in clean boxes, we delivered the household items to the new home the owner had leased.

He was very pleased with the restoration process, and how our team had carefully packed his personal property.

Fire damage can be extreme. So can our restoration process. Call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Lawton.

Small fire causes big damage

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bathroom Small fire creates major water and soot damage

A small fire from a heating device led to a lot of damage in this home.

While the fire itself was contained to the bathroom, the water and soot damage was evident throughout the property.

The homeowners insurance agent recommended she call SERVPRO of Lawton.

Our inspection showed that water damage from fire fighting efforts had destroyed the sub-flooring in this modular, requiring a full demolition of flooring.

And that would require a full move out and pack out of all the homeowners personal property.

The experts at SERVPRO of Lawton were ready to help. We thoroughly inventoried and documented all items, packed and moved the property to our secure warehouse, and began the cleaning and restoration of all the damaged property.

Demolition was completed, restoration of the home was underway, and the homeowners personal items were ready to be returned home when the restoration was complete.

Fire damage? Call the professionally trained restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton.

Quarantined children get bored, start fire.

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

burned door Curious minds leave a charred door.

Let's face it: the quarantine was hard on all of us. Parents were suddenly working from home, home schooling the children, and simply trying to keep life normal.

What does a normal child do when mom is distracted and they're bored with this new routine?

In this case, the child found matches and lit the laundry by the back door on fire.

Thankfully, mom quickly responded and doused the flames, then called SERVPRO of Lawton to inspect the smoke and soot damage.

Because mom reacted quickly there was nominal damage in the home, and it was a task the family could take care of as part of their new fire safety training.

How did mom know to call SERVPRO of Lawton? She's an insurance agent who knows and recommends our services to her customers.

Fire, water or smoke damage? Be like this smart mom. Call SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

Smoke and soot damage can be anywhere.

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

soot covered towels Smoke and soot can be found throughout your home.

In times of disaster, trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton.


Even with the hourly changes regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we will still be your priority responder for fire, water and storm damage.

Take this customer. When a recent fire severely damaged their home, they called the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Lawton

We know that fire damage is never just damage from the fire. It's fire, water, smoke and soot damage. And it's everywhere throughout your home.

SERVPRO of Lawton professionals are here to help make damage "Like it never even happened." And, if the need arises, we can call upon our national network and special Disaster Recovery teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Trust the experts at SERVPRO of Lawton. Call us today at 580-699-2662.

What isn't on this kitchen floor?!

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

mud and water covered floors What do you do when it's fire, mud, and water?

This commercial kitchen had a rough start to the day.

An exhaust fan on the roof shorted out, causing a fire in the attic area and sending smoke throughout the facility.

Fire fighting efforts creates a watery and sooty mess, followed by the mud tracked in from recent rains.

This customer was ready to pull her hair out (her words) until her agent recommended she call SERVPRO of Lawton.

Once she explained the extent of the damage, and that she had to open that night for dinner, we knew we had to act fast.

Our team of highly trained professionals loaded up equipment for the multifaceted loss and began the cleaning, drying and disinfecting process.

It took us all day, but we were able to finish the job in time for her to begin prep work and be ready for business.

Whatever your day throws at you, we're here to help. Call us at 580-263-2662.

Soot covered floors shows where shoes were at time of fire.

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

shoe prints in soot The original placement of this pair of shoes is very evident!

The fire, smoke and soot damage at this home was so intense, you could see where the homeowner moved objects!

Unlike a water damage claim, fire damage claims and the restoration process will take a lot of time, and a lot of patience.

Because these claims typically involve fire, smoke, soot and water, the initial inspection and recommended course of action will be quite intense.

When you call  SERVPRO of Lawton, our team of restoration experts will thoroughly inspect every room and every surface of your property to document smoke and soot damage, water damage from fire fighting efforts and damage from the fire itself.

We’ll document all damages digitally and provide the information to your agent and adjuster.

This will help with your loss claim and ensure you receive the restoration and compensation you’re entitled to under your policy.

This is the worst loss you will likely experience, and there’s a lot that needs to happen to restore your property.

And our teams at SERVPRO of Lawton will be here to help you every step of the way. Fire damage? Call us at 580-699-2662.

Fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Lawton.

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage, messy hallway Fire damage is more than just fire.

Fire and smoke damage goes beyond the physical fire itself. There will likely be soot covering walls and ceilings, smoke and soot clinging to the interior surfaces of duct work, and water damage to most surfaces due to firefighting efforts.

There’s a lot that needs to happen to restore your property, and we’re here to help. One call to SERVPRO of Lawton and our team of fire and water restoration experts will be on site to help you through the restoration process.

We will work with your insurance agent to determine which items are a loss, and which items can be restored. We offer pack out services to inventory, documents, and remove those items that can be restored. We will transfer your items to our secure restoration warehouse and clean and treat your property to its pre-fire condition.

Have questions? Call us today at 580-699-2662. or visit our website at SERVPROlawton.com

Fire damages home, antiques and artwork

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

burned fireplace and artwork Severe fire, water and smoke damage after house catches fire.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, 24/7. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

This homeowner chose SERVPRO of Lawton to help mitigate the damage done to her home.

Initial inspection showed the home could not safely be lived in while the restoration was in progress.

The homeowners took what they could to a local hotel, and SERVPRO of Lawton began removing restorable items for cleaning and storage at our secure facility.

Thankfully, this homeowner’s home and art work was able to be restored and returned to the family.

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

We're here when you need us. Call SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

Fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Lawton.

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage, messy hallway Fire damage is more than just fire.

Fire and smoke damage goes beyond the physical fire itself. There will likely be soot covering walls and ceilings, smoke and soot clinging to the interior surfaces of duct work, and water damage to most surfaces due to firefighting efforts.

There’s a lot that needs to happen to restore your property, and we’re here to help. One call to SERVPRO of Lawton and our team of fire and water restoration experts will be on site to help you through the restoration process.

We will work with your insurance agent to determine which items are a loss, and which items can be restored. We offer pack out services to inventory, documents, and remove those items that can be restored. We will transfer your items to our secure restoration warehouse and clean and treat your property to its pre-fire condition.

Have questions? Call us today at 580-699-2662. or visit our website at SERVPROlawton.com

House fire leaves every room a mess

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen cabinets, dishes, appliances Soot and water damages kitchen after house fire

Yesterday's blog discussed three of the seven steps SERVPRO of Lawton takes to restore your home or business after it has suffered fire damage.

Today, we'll address the final four steps:

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Questions about fires, smoke or soot damage? Call us at 580-699-2662.

Fireplace fire causes extensive damage

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged wall, chairs Fireplace fires are common in cold weather.

It's not just fire damage. It's smoke, soot, and even water from firefighting efforts.

And it means there's a lot of work to be done in order to restore your property.

At SERVPRO of Lawton, we break down the fire restoration process into 7 basic steps:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Join the blog tomorrow for the final steps in the fire restoration process or call us at 580-699-2662.

Fire, smoke, soot and water damage

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

burned walls and ceiling Damage this bad typically requires SERVPRO emergency tarping and boarding services.

Unlike a water damage claim, fire damage claims and the restoration process will take a lot of time, and a lot of patience.

Because these claims typically involve fire, smoke, soot and water, the initial inspection and recommended course of action will be quite intense.

When you call  SERVPRO of Lawton, our team of professionals will thoroughly inspect every room and every surface of your property to document smoke and soot damage, water damage from fire fighting efforts and damage from the fire itself.

We’ll document all damages digitally and provide the information to your agent and adjuster.

This will help with your loss claim and ensure you receive the restoration and compensation you’re entitled to under your policy.

Have questions about fire, smoke or soot damage? Call SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

The proof of smoke damage is on the sponge.

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

chemical sponge, smoke on ceiling Chem Sponge shows the smoke damage throughout this home.

While all insurance policies cover fire damage, they may not cover the smoke damage the also occurs throughout your home.

Smoke and soot can travel to the farthest end of your home, hiding in closed drawers, closets and draperies. Some insurance companies will agree to restore your property from smoke damage, but others may not.

That’s why we’re here. SERVPRO of Lawton offers free fire and smoke inspections for your home or commercial property, and we’ll provide your agent or adjuster a copy of the loss report.

Waiting on the adjuster? Here's what NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Fire, smoke and water damage? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

What to do after a fire

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

hardwood floor, white cabinets, fire damaged Fire damage often means fire, water AND smoke damage.

A house fire is devastating. Aside from the trauma of seeing all your memories ruined, you also have to deal with the cleanup and restoration process. And your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Lawton is here to help. We will work with your insurance company and help them understand our restoration process.

Waiting for the adjuster? We can still extract water from fire fighting efforts, which will help prevent secondary damage, like mold.

What to do after a fire, and while you're waiting for help?

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Fire, smoke and water damage? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

Dryer fire leaves smoke and soot mess at local laundromat

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Laundromat dryer fire leaves smoke and soot throughout business. Laundromat dryer fire

SERVPRO of Lawton was called to a local laundromat after a dryer component failed and caused a fire to break out in the dryer.

Our highly trained technicians responded quickly and noted the facing unit, the external components, and the duct work were heavily damaged.

While the owner worked to get a replacement unit on order, our technicians provided a thorough cleaning of the facility to remove the soot and odor.

This included the ceiling, walls, washers and dryers, folding tables and floors. This team even cleaned on top of exposed ductwork!

The owner was very pleased with the thorough cleaning and odor elimination!

Fire damage? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

We have the experience, and the equipment, to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire damages home in Lawton, OK

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage home deemed a total loss. Fire damaged home leaves few possessions for local family.

When this customer suffered fire damage, she took her agents advice and called SERVPRO of Lawton.

We quickly assessed the damage from fire, soot, and fire fighting efforts and recommended a pack out and move out of items that could be restored.

Our team of highly trained professionals worked with the homeowner and the adjuster to sort the owners belongings into a "keep and restore" and "discard" pile, carefully documenting each item in inventory.

We then began pack out and move out, again carefully documenting each item.

Once complete, all items deemed restorable were brought to our secure warehouse for cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing and repacking into clean boxes.

Fire damage is always more than just fire. It's fine soot throughout the property. It's water damage from fire fighting efforts.

And it's a long process before an owners property can be restored and returned.

Fire damage? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662. We'll help make it "Like it never even happened."