Recent Fire Damage Posts

Top Things You Should Throw Away After a Fire

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a home on fire A home fire can be devastating.

After a fire, you might want to keep as much of your old life as you can. Although many things can be cleaned, there are a few that you absolutely have to throw away after a fire. Some things are too damaged by heat, while others may spoil or be contaminated from chemicals released during the fire. You need to carefully consider what you should keep and what should be tossed out.

4 Top Things to Throw Away After Suffering Fire Damage

Anything Exposed To Chemicals

When certain materials burn, they release chemicals. This includes items like:

  • Plastics
  • Nonorganic fibers
  • Wiring

You should toss out anything that is in or near plastic that has been exposed to high heat. This means you should get rid of most nonperishable foods, things in plastic containers, and anything containing dangerous chemicals.

Clothing, Rugs and Furniture

If you have a professional fire cleanup company in Greenville, NC, they might be able to save some of these articles. Although many can be cleaned, the smoke smell and fumes do not come out of everything.

Perishable Foods

Although perishable foods may seem like something you can keep, they are something you definitely should throw away. This includes anything that you plan on putting into your body. Not only can these foods be contaminated, but the heat might also make them spoil as well. This is especially true if your refrigerator suffers fire damage.

Medicine, Makeup and Toiletries

Medicine, makeup and toiletries are other things in your home that will spoil when exposed to heat. Medicine may become ineffective at best and become toxic at worst. When dealing with fire damage, it is better to be safe than sorry. Even things like shampoo and conditioner turn bad when they've been heated.

After a fire, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is damaged and what is not. It is always better to play it safe and throw away items that may be a problem.

Keep Your Greenville, NC Pets Safe From A House Fire

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Keep your playful puppies and kittens happy and safe with a fire emergency plan.

Having an emergency plan is highly recommended, even for our four-legged friends. Do you know how to help your pets in a time of emergency? As a pet lover and owner in Greenville, NC, planning out what do and how to escape in the event of something like a fire is crucial for your animals’ safety.


While discussing emergency plans with your family members, be sure to bring up pet preparations.

A few suggestions would be to:

  • Relocate your pet cages and beds so they are near exits
  • Denote what and how many pets are in your home on an easily visible window or door so that firefighters are aware they may still be on the premises.
  • Provide names, descriptions, favorite hiding spots and other relevant pet information.


Make sure to practice emergency procedures and have children attempt to remove the pets. Use caution and be certain to illustrate how important it is that they should never put themselves in harm's way. If they cannot get to the animal in a timely fashion, it's best to vacate and let the professionals look for them.

  • Keep leashes, collars and carriers near an exit, if possible.
  • Consider how you might be able to help your pets ahead of time; you don’t want to have to figure everything out during a fire.

Think bout potential hazards:

As it turns out, man’s best friend is also a leading cause of house fires. Animals don’t understand safety measures or risk assessment, so we have to do our best to remove any risks from the equation. Chief among these risks are candles. While they add a nice touch to a living space, they are not so nice when knocked over from a pet in pursuit of their favorite toy. Depending on the style of your stove, knob protectors are another great consideration to stop unwanted usage. Removing access from a room is more difficult for certain animals, but getting a pet or child gate can help create safe zones for your pet.

Pets are like loved ones for so many of us. Be sure to include considerations for their safety when discussing emergency fire plans with your family. With just a little forethought, organizing and change, you can create an actionable plan to keep everyone safe. Then, your favorite local fire restoration company can happily work to restore any damages knowing you’re safely cuddling with your four-legged friend.

Fire Damage To Your Greenville, NC Business

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke can be one of the most damaging secondary effects of a fire.

When a fire hits your Greenville, NC business, the often surreal experience can make the reality of the situation hard to digest. Extensive damages, temporarily closing down your business and trying to find outside assistance to get you back on your feet are just a few of the things that will likely cross your mind.

Fire damage remediation is a much more complex task than many realize: Ensuring the rebuild process goes smoothly, making sure insurers are satisfied with all service providers providing reliability as a constant and of course, repairing damages. Serious planning and correct implementation are crucial for a successful fire damage remediation. SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties offers professional restoration services with this in mind to help make the process as smooth and pain-free as possible.

Our expert staff have seen numerous types of fire damages in their decades of collective experience. Even water infiltration that often occurs as secondary damage from fire-fighting measures are considered when we head out to help. This is tremendously helpful as our IICRC certified technicians understand that time is of the essence when dealing with water related damages.

The SERVPRO experience attempts every effort to get your business back up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible. From the start of the job to the finish, we will work diligently to help you through a fire damage.

Helpful Natural Gas Tips for your Greenville, NC Home

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Unlit gas stoves are a common source of the scent of gas.

The scent of natural gas can be alarming—rightfully so—here are some safety tips you can use to figure out what to do:

  • If you have a gas stove, make sure it is off
  • Help ventilate quickly by opening any doors and windows you can
  • Minimize usage of electricity as much as possible; use battery operated lights
  • Exit the premises and contact your local fire department
  • If you know how and it is safe to do so, shut off your gas meter

Typically, most homes have a gas meter located somewhere outside that runs in to the house. This allows you to shut off all gas to your home in case of such an emergency, giving professionals the opportunity to investigate and determine where the gas may be coming from without as much of a risk for fire or explosion.

In most cases, all that is needed is a wrench. Preemptively seeking out your gas meter and understanding how to safely shut it off ahead of time can be crucial.

Prepare contacts in case of an emergency

If your home is affected by fire or you believe there may be a gas leak and you can’t quickly find its source, evacuate and call 911.

Most fire departments can shut gas off at the source if you haven’t had the opportunity to find it yourself. If there is a fire, hopefully your first-responders  can extinguish it before any major damages—but worry not, SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene counties can help bring you back to preloss conditions no matter the size of job.

Cooking Safety Tips for Greenville, NC Residents

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Frying is one of the most frequent causes of home cooking fires.

With cooler temperatures outside, many of us choose to stay inside and cook something new and exciting to pass the time. While generally a great idea, be mindful that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the united states. To stay on the safe side, let’s take a moment to learn some more about this kind of danger and how you can prevent it.

To start, let’s take a look at the numbers: According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires, 20% of fire-related deaths and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year.

Scary though these figures may be, there are many steps you can take to prevent these kinds of fires. As simple as it sounds, monitoring what you cook can be tremendously helpful: the NFPA states that nearly one-third of kitchen fires happen when the person cooking leaves the equipment they’re using unattended. If you’re using the oven, just be sure to check in on it regularly!

Also, be sure to keep oven mitts, plastic/rubber utensils, towels, paper products and other flammables away from heat—they can start a fire just as easily as burnt food!

Lastly, be sure to:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying.
  • If you see smoke coming off the food you’re frying, turn off the burner or safely remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a sign the oil is too hot.
  • Slowly heat the oil to the temperature you need.
  • Add food to oil gently, laying it away from you so that it does not splatter.
  • Always keep a lid beside your pan. If the pan does catch fire, cover it with the lid and turn off the banner. Let the oil cool before removing the lid again.
  • NEVER put water on a grease fire. If a fire starts to spread, leave the house immediately and call 911.

Of course, there is always a chance that even with the best preparation, unforeseen circumstances can happen. Just remember, if you or someone you know is in need of professional cleanup or restoration services, our 24/7 emergency crews here at SERVPRO® of Pitt/Greene Counties are #HereToHelp. For questions or information, give us a call at: (252) 329-7205, or visit our website.

How we help Greenville, NC residents after a fire

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

What to do 

If you find yourself wondering what to do after a fire occurs, getting in contact with the available 24/7 experts here at SERVPRO (252-329-7205) can help you quickly get on the path of restoring your home. Time can be of the essence in such situations, as often times the heat from a fire can damage your home’s structure, leading to further damage from exposure to outside elements. Firefighting methods can also cause water damage—thankfully we here at SERVPRO are more than ready and equipped to help.

What we can do to help

Depending on the level of damage, there are several steps we take to get you back in your home. The first thing we do is come and evaluate what areas need what services. Typically, firefighting methods can leave extensive water damage, which we are also well equipped to handle. Once a plan has been made, we can begin removing any materials which have been damaged beyond repair. This can be walls, ceilings, flooring, personal goods and more—we do it all! Finally, we can begin cleaning your home and items to remove stubborn soot stains and the persistent scent of smoke.

Here to help

The professional restoration services available at your locally owned SERVPRO® of Pitt/Green & Craven/Pamlico counties are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you or someone you know is in need of expert Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration™ services. Give us a call at: (252) 329-7205. #LikeItNeverEvenHappened

Fire Preparedness for Greenville, NC Residents

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Greenville, NC residents, do you have a fire escape plan in case of an emergency? Being prepared and having a plan of action could make all the difference in case of an emergency. Here are some tips to help.

Protective Equipment

Having properly operational smoke detectors in your home can give you crucial time to respond to a fire. Be sure to change their batteries on a frequent basis.

If you keep a fire extinguisher in your home, it is important to periodically check its pressure levels to ensure functionality. Keeping the right type of extinguisher nearby can be another important factor; for a list of the different types of extinguishers and how best to use them, click here.

Have an Escape Plan

Planning out what to do in an emergency with your family every few months helps to keep everyone ready and aware. Going through your home looking at exits together and discussing where to meet if you get separated is a great way to stay prepared.

Emergency Contacts

Keeping a list of family doctors, medicines and medical information such as allergies can help responders provide you with the best possible care. Having family members in your emergency contacts can also enable you or others to quickly get in touch with those you love.

What to do After a Fire

Even if a fire doesn’t directly damage a large portion of your home, the smoke and soot as well as any water dispersed by the fire department may leave you needing professional restoration services. Of course, we here at your locally owned SERVPRO® of Pitt/Green & Craven/Pamlico counties are available 24 hours a day if you or someone you know is in need of expert Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration™ services.

Are you Deep-Frying your Turkey this Thanksgiving?

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

With the popularity of turkey frying increasing every year, people are at risk for fryer-related fires and injuries. U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 deep fire related incidents each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year. Here are some rules to follow when deep frying a turkey.

Don’t Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey Frozen turkeys are full of moisture. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed out because water and hot oil don’t mix well.

Don’t Let Oil Get Too Hot If you see your oil smoking, it is too hot. When oil gets around 400-425-degrees it can catch on fire by itself. So, when deep frying a turkey most oils should stay around 350-degrees.

Don’t Use Too Much Oil When deep-frying a turkey a common mistake people make is putting too much cooking oil in their pot. Overfilling your pot can result in the oil spilling over into the flame on the burner. If you need to figure out how much oil you need try putting your turkey in an empty pot, fill the pot with enough water to cover the turkey. Once you remove the turkey mark the water line.

Don’t Deep Fry Indoors You should never deep-fry a turkey in your house, garage or on a deck. You should always deep fry a turkey in a yard away from anything that’s flammable.

Hopefully, this Thanksgiving will go smoothly. However, if a fire does occur and your Greenville home suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Pitt / Greene Counties has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time. Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205

How to Prevent and Fight Grease Fires!

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire

Did you know that Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas are the 3 biggest days of the year for grease fires? Grease fires occur when cooking oil becomes too hot. First the cooking oil starts to boil, then it starts to smoke followed by a fire. A grease fire is different from a regular fire, so the way you handle it is very important.

How can you prevent grease fires?

  • Keep an eye on the food you are cooking regularly. Do not leave it unsupervised for extended periods of time.
  • When frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food, stay in the room.
  • Do not leave anything that may catch fire near the stove top.
  • Be extremely careful when placing food into hot grease.

If your oil does catch fire, complete the following:

  • Turn the Heat Off
  • Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
  • Use Baking Soda - When heated, baking soda releases carbon dioxide with smothers out the flames oxygen. 
  • Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher – For more information about fire extinguisher types, click here.
  • Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.

With any luck, you'll never have to deal with a grease fire. However, if you do find your Greenville home or business suffering from grease fire damage, it can be especially devastating. SERVPRO of Pitt / Greene Counties has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205

Greenville Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Greenville Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our expertise in smoke damage remediation allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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