Recent Fire Damage Posts

Residential Fire in Lynden, WA

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

These smoke chains clearly define the fact that a smoldering fire had occurred. We can clean that!

One of the tell tale signs of a fire is the existence of smoke chains in the structure. Smoke will form chains of odor and discoloration in corners, behind doors, and in other hard to reach spots. This creates a situation that makes complete cleaning and odor removal difficult.

Fire and smoke damage can leave a heavy residue on ceilings, walls, furniture, and all other surfaces inside your home or place of business. This residue is a result of partial combustion so it may be just as heavy when you have a small, smoldering event as it is when you have a full blown fire.

Fire and smoke damage is usually more serious than what you see. Smoke travels throughout your home and contaminates every open space or air pockets. SERVPRO of Bellingham cleans both the structure of a building after a fire as well as the contents that survive a fire. 

Fire Damaged home in Ferndale, WA.

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

We love to help families during their times in need.

A horrific fire left a family homeless and grasping for memories lost. The insurance company was going to be replacing the structure and most of the household items that were destroyed in the incredibly hot burning fire. 

We met with the family and wlked through what was left of the home in an effort to find something...anything that we could salvage from the ruble. We were able to find a few pieces of jewelry and about half of a set of fire damaged dinnerware. 

Our contents shop is set up for fires, so we knew the chances were quite high for us to be able to clean the plates, bowls and serving platters. The home owners weren't so sure, but gave us the opportunity to "save" some of their family memories.

We were proud to return the family a beautiful memory to move forward with and help them to heal after the traumatic experience.

House Fire in Bellingham, WA.

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

The fire started on the outside of the home before moving inside and setting off the smoke alarm.

The number one cause of residential home fires is cooking. The numbers show that between 41% to 51% of all fires occur in the kitchen.

Not all fires start in the kitchen. A recycling bin than doubled, wrongly, as an ashtray for cigarettes was the culprit at this home. The fire started in the recycling bin and burned the exterior siding before entering the home through an exterior vent. The fire then began to move into the building envelope, but thankfully the smoke detectors alerted the residents and they were able to contact the fire department.

The fire department arrived shortly there after and was able to douse the flames from out side and keep the fire form having a catastrophic effect on the interior of the home. 

Fire safety and education is helping us reduce the number of total fires and injuries caused during residential fires. Always be on guard.

Cooking Fire in Bellingham, Wa

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

A small fire in the kitchen made the entire house smell.

There are many reasons one might need to call SERVPRO of Bellingham. In this particular situation it was because of a fire in a kitchen. The homeowner was making soup and walked away from the stove for an extended period of time. The fire was small but the damage that followed was extensive. 

The entire house and connected garage smelled of burnt meat and the small particles of soot were everywhere. 

In this picture you can see a tiny soot chain in the corner, but but what you cannot see is the harsh odor that has permeated every nook and cranny, every item of clothing and each and every bit a furniture in the home

SERVPRO of Bellingham has over 40 years of experience with residential fire and cleaning contents. We know how to get rid of odors and staining. Our goal is a happy customer and place to call home again. 

A small stove fire in Bellingham, WA.

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

A thorough cleaning is part of taking care of a home fire.

Is there really something we can call a "small" fire? 

Not really because even the smallest of fire leaves behind clues that it had been there. The initial inspection shows just how much of the home or commercial space has been affected by the smoke.

Our hard working professionally trained crew knows this and is able to diagnose the issue with a swiftness that only the best can. By reaching into our bags tricks and being willing to do the hard work. Tall ladders, lifts, extenders, the proper and safe products and diligent workers with an eye for detail coupled with an accurate plan of action sets us apart. 

The goal is get our customers lives back to normal as quickly as possible while also doing flawless work. 

It gets everywhere

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Inside the closet too!


SERVPRO of Bellingham is a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry and we see the most incredible things when fire damages homes or offices. The hardest part of cleaning up after a fire finding all of that darn soot. It literally gets in, on and around everywhere and everything.

Our well trained crew opened a closet knowing they were going to see soot and they were correct. Every item inside the closet had left it's print on the painted shelving below and fire particulate had filled in all of the blank spaces.

We know that every surface in a home affected by fire will need to be cleaned. This includes the front, back, bottom, top, side, inside and outside. 

Who knew there were so many sides?

Fire Escape Planning

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Two ways out of every room.

SERVPRO of Bellingham helps families and businesses after fires, smoke damage and other scary challenges. We know that the most important part of escaping a fire is to have a plan in place. It's easy and makes sense.

Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.

Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.

Having a plan and practicing the plan saves lives. 

Renter's Insurance

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Have a plan to escape and Renter's Insurance to help.

We live in a college town. Bellingham has about 55% of it's population in rentals.

We at SERVPRO of Bellingham are often called to help clean up after fires. One of the biggest challenges we see for renters is cleaning contents and finding new housing. 

Renter's Insurance is an easy and inexpensive way to be covered financially should a fire occur. Every property manager wants their tenants to have insurance but very few actually require it. Renter's insurance can help you replace burned up or damaged items. It can also assist you paying for housing while you are out of a damaged unit. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham wants all of you renters to ask your insurance agent about Renter's Insurance. You will be thankful if a fire or flood makes life hard.

The Struggle is Real

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

A light switch at a recent home fire.

A fire can be an incredibly devastating experience for yourself and your loved ones. Not only will a fire cause extensive damage to your property, but you may also lose sentimental items. If you experience a fire in your home a restoration company like SERVPRO of Bellingham will be there to assist you. By leaving your fire damage repair to the professionals, you will gain valuable assistance during your fire clean up. Along with repairing your home, you may also need to heal emotional wounds. One of the most difficult things in life is dealing with the loss of your most cherished items, but even more profound is dealing with the loss of security and safety that comes with a fire in your home. We empathize with our clients and always strive to save the most precious items from their homes.


"We clean it all"

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Yes, that is a Mallard.

What's that sound?

Oh, no. It's a fire alarm.

Whew, everyone is safe.

Fire spreads through the home, but firefighters are able to save it.

A house fire is more than just a damaged structure.

Typically, the good guys in the red trucks also use a lot of water to keep the fire at bay. The flames are scary, but the combination of soot and water is not only coerosive but extremely diffucult to clean up. SERVPRO of Bellingham is able to utilize Chem sponges and various other techniques to clean, disinfect and deodorize smoke affected walls, ceilings, and flat surfaces in commercial and residential structures. But that is just one step in getting things back to normal.

Did you know that we also clean contents affected in said structures? Think about all of the stuff that you have in your home. We see all types- luxurious homes filled with unique art, extravegant furnishing and mountains of high end shoes to studio condominums with simple decor and minimal furniture. Each home is treated with the utmost respect. The care and responsibility for these items is something that take time and effort in to get right. 

We clean it all.

A sigh of relief.

Things will get back to normal.

"Like it Never Even Happened."

Yes, that's a Mallard. #SERVPROofBellingham