Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Damage Cleanup

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Types of Smoke Damage
Once at a fire scene, a SERVPRO of Yavapai County Professional will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Cleaning procedures will be based on the information identified during fire damage pretesting.

Types of soot include:

  • Wet Smoke Residues - Result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors.  Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke Residues - Result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, nonsmeary smoke particles.
  • Protein Residues - Virtually invisible residues that discolor paints and varnishes.  Extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace puff backs distribute fuel oil soot.
  • Other Types of Residues - Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.

With the Slide Fire getting some containment today, it appears that the fire fighters have a good handle on the burn. If your home has been affected by soot and smoke from the wildlife please give SERVPRO of Yavapai County a call for a free estimate.

Wildfires in Yavapai County

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Yavapai County asks all residents of Yavapai County and surrounding areas to use precautions this year to make sure wildfires stay at a minimum. 

There is a high risk of wildfires this week due to a storm system that will be moving through Arizona bringing high winds with it.

Watch the following video for more information:

Remember SERVPRO of Yavapai County is here to help whether it's fire damage, water damage, or mold damage. We are here 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all of your restoration needs. Let us take care of all of your fire cleanup, water cleanup, or mold cleanup. Call us today to schedule.


Holiday Season Brings a Chance of House Fires

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Be Careful With Fires During the Holidays

During the holiday season homeowners should be aware that the chance for fire damage to their property is a lot higher. Sources of house fires include candles, cooking; Christmas tree and electrical problems just to name a few.

Homeowners should be aware that leaving candles unattended is a quick way to start a house fire and cause damage to your home and personal belongings. Watering your Christmas tree will also help with preventing that Christmas tradition from going up in flames.

 As a national vendor for major insurance carriers we know what it takes to get your property restored back to the way things were before the fire.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County does offer free estimates for all smoke, soot and fire cleanup projects.

Minimizing Commercial Fire Damage

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Minimizing Commercial Fire Damage

It would be of great benefit to a business to have a fire sprinkler system for fire suppression when a fire first starts so as to prevent a catastrophic amount of fire damage or heavy smoke damage and soot damage. If a fire does get out of hand, everyone knows to evacuate the employees first. Then the fire department should be called to get a firefighter or two to come in their fire truck and use their big fire hose for fire suppression and to extinguish the fire, minimizing the commercial fire damage.

Businesses such as restaurants that use hot grease or other flammables regularly obviously have a higher risk of sustaining commercial fire damage than a different type of business would have for, say, a utility room fire, which may not require much effort to extinguish. Old electrical wiring sometimes causes an electrical fire. Every safety precaution against fire should be taken in every business.

It is obviously important for a firefighter and his fellow firefighter and a fire truck with a lengthy fire hose to get to the business quickly. If fire suppression is done quickly enough to save the building from total destruction by the electrical fire, or even from what starts as just a utility room fire, fire restoration can take place. If many buildings are on fire, the fire department should be called quickly to assure that a fireman is available to get there with his fire truck and fire hose. Contact numbers for commercial fire damage professionals and important business papers should be kept in a safe place.

First Contact with Restoration Company

When a fire restoration professional receives a call about a fire-damaged business, he will likely ask about the location and the extent of the fire damage, smoke damage, and soot damage. He will want to know things like if the fire was an electrical fire, a utility room fire, or what the source of the fire was. The more details the caller can provide, the better prepared the restoration crew that is sent to the business will be.

Inspection and Assessment

Professionals then come out to inspect the building and determine the extent of the fire damage, including smoke damage and soot damage. They will see what water damage will likely have been done by the fire sprinkler system for fire suppression. Then they develop a plan of action from their assessment.

Protection of the Site

The protection of the roof and the windows is the next step in fire restoration that the professionals take to put onto the structure. If the situation warrants, the company crew will put a tarp on the roof and boards on the windows.

Water Removal

After a fire sprinkler system has sprayed water all over and a firefighter has sprayed a large amount of water into the business with his fire hose that connects to a large amount of water in the fire truck, there is a lot of water that needs to be removed.

Smoke and Soot Removal

Next, the professionals deal with the actual fire damage by using techniques and equipment to take the smoke and the soot off of any surface that has sustained smoke damage and soot damage. Much commercial fire damage can be reversed just through this step. Fires such as a utility room fire may not do much more than give off smoke and soot.


Air scrubbers, fogging equipment, and special techniques are used to clean items that are salvageable.


Fire restoration ends with repairs, replacements, reconstruction, and painting. Electrical fire damage will require all of those things. This would be a good time to install a fire sprinkler system if there hadn’t been one there before.
Visit for more information on fire damage.

Fire Damage and How to Recover

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage and How to Recover

Fire damage can cause no end of trouble for those who have a fire in a home or fire in a business. Soot damage, smoke damage, lingering smoke smells, structural damage and broken windows are only some of the factors a fire cleanup must address. Be it for a fire in a home or fire in a business, fire damage restoration is a task best left to professionals with standardized processes to deal with the various factors of fire cleanup. A restoration company keeps trained inspectors and experienced personnel on payroll to deal with the intricate problems found in fire damage restoration, whether it is recovery from residential or commercial fire damage.

The first phase of fire cleanup is a straightforward inspection and assessment by a professional provided by a restoration company. These inspectors are able to identify the soot damage, smoke damage, lingering smoke smells and structural damage that can continue to plague an establishment long after the fire damage restoration process is finished. These inspectors will also observe and note any structural problems caused by fire damage, and identify if repairs are even feasible. For a fire in a business, the inspectors can help determine whether the business wishes to make the investment to recover that specific facility. Finally, these inspectors will assess what additional steps need to be taken in fire damage restoration, and identify what mitigations must be used to prevent additional damage.

The second phase a restoration company will undertake is to board up any openings in the building. The board up procedure will prevent any additional damage to the interior of the structure while the rest of the fire damage restoration takes place. A restoration company will not always choose to board up all openings however, as the procedure is often dependent on the extent of the fire damage and the desired result of the restoration. While boarding up exterior openings can cause a building to appear condemned or derelict, it is a necessary step to returning the structure to its original state.

With the board up complete, the fire cleanup will move on to mitigating and removing the water damage. Water damage is caused alongside fire damage during the fire as the fire crews attempt to put out the inferno. Additionally, when board up is not completed quickly the outdoor elements can also cause additional water damage that must be dealt with. Because of the additional damage water can do to the interior of a building, professionals often deal with the water damage first and foremost before restoration moves further. This allows crews to focus on dealing with the fire damage such as removing the soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smells left behind by the fire.

Once the water is out of the way, cleanup crews will begin to address the smoke damage, soot damage, and lingering smoke smells the fire left in the establishment. For a fire in a home, smoke smells in particular can pose serious concerns for the occupants. With commercial fire damage, the smoke and soot damage can cause a disruption in their operation as government inspectors will balk at allowing their clientele to be exposed to the hazard. Professional cleanup crews are well versed in removing the soot and smoke damage from both residential and commercial fire damage.

After the soot and smoke have been removed, restoration of residential and commercial fire damage becomes a matter of ensuring the structure is properly repaired. This means crews will clean out all the debris caused by the fire, and then begin to repair or replace key structural elements of the building which were damaged in the fire. When a building cannot be repaired, it is often condemned and destroyed. Such cases are typically identified by the initial inspectors.

The final step in the restoration process involves the cosmetic restoration of the property itself. For a fire in a home, this might mean new siding on the outside, new windows and etcetera. For a fire in a business, this might mean all new service and safety items, flooring and fresh paint. The restoration portion of the process can often be the most expensive step, because it involves replacing a lot of the finery that made a building unique. Once finished however, the homeowner or business owner can return to their day to day life with their renewed building.
Visit for more information on fire damage.

Effective Fire Cleanup

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Effective Fire Cleanup

After a fire, restoring your home is essential. Although it might seem that all hope is lost, professional fire cleanup specialists can remove the smoke smell, soot damage, remove water from carpeting and furniture, board up the house, help remove any salvageable items, and more. DIY isn't recommended after a fire due to the many dangers and added provisions needed to restore the house, but a professional company has what it takes to get the job done.

Fire Damage Restoration the Professional Way

Fire cleanup crews work diligently to clean the property so you can get back to normal
living as quickly as possible. They'll perform a variety of tasks during the fire cleanup process. If you have special requests, most fire damage restoration companies happily oblige those requests when possible. Open communication with the fire damage restoration professionals ensures you get the results that you want. The amount of time it takes to clean after fire damage varies, with factors such as the size of the hose and amount of damage weighing on the cost of the job. Most restoration company professionals maintain competitive pricing, so a few comparisons are all it takes to get a great price on the job.

Restoration Company Offers Fire Cleanup After Fire in Business or Home

Along with professional board up of windows and doors to prevent intruders from entering the home, the fire damage restoration company provides numerous other services that quickly return the home to normalcy again. Professional-strength products remove the smoke smell from the unit, and the team also works diligently to remove soot damage and smoke damage from the property. When the aftermath is seen, it is oftentimes soot damage and smoke damage that causes the most disturbances. Professional fire damage crews remove water left behind from fighting the fire from carpeting, upholstery, and other areas. The smoke smell combined with souring water is none-too-pleasant, and can ruin items that would otherwise be usable again. The fire cleanup crew prevents such occurrences. The role of a fire cleanup team is removing soot damage, smoke damage, the smoke smell, and water from the home. The team doesn't stop until the job is efficiently done and your home is back to normal again.

Tips to Help the Restoration Company

The restoration company has a big job ahead when they're initiating fire in home or fire in business damage. Although most of the work should be done by the professionals, you can assist in small ways. A few tips to help speed the fire damage restoration process:

- Do not go back inside the home until the okay is given by fire department
officials. Smoke damage and soot damage can restart a fire, and the smoke smell can easily cause problems breathing. If you've sustained commercial fire damage, the same rule applies.

- When the board up takes place, do not remove the boards for any reason. The board up is performed to maintain the health and safety of the community. Commercial fire damage and fire in home both receive board up protection.

- When sorting through items in the house, test any electronic items that were damaged in the fire or that got wet before using them.

- Canned foods, frozen and pre-packaged food should all be tossed if they were in the home at the time of the fire. Fire damage can cause these items to spoil or become hazardous to consume.

- Using a dehumidifier is recommended after a fire in home or fire in business. The dehumidifier will help remove some of the water left behind from the fire department who put the blaze out. It takes mold just 48-hours to begin growing after a fire in home or a fire in business, but a dehumidifier will minimize or prevent mold from growing.

It is never easy to recoup after fire damage has devastated your home or after commercial fire damage has affected your business, but with a great fire damage cleanup crew on the top and the tips above in place, you can successfully get back to the life that you love after a fire. Commercial fire damage cleanup or that at you home, the professionals remedy them all.
Visit for more information on fire damage.

Willow Fire in the Mohave Valley

8/11/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Willow Fire in the Mohave Valley Willow Fire in Mohave Valley, AZ August 2015

The Willow Fire in the Mohave Valley is now 40% contained and there is hope that people can start returning to their homes by 10AM tomorrow morning 8/12/2015. Click on the link below to find out more.

If you return home and have smoke or fire damage to your home or business, please give SERVPRO of Yavapai County a call. Our staff is here to help with the devastation of smoke damage and fire cleanup. SERVPRO of Yavapai County will work directly with your insurance in order to make the process as smooth as possible. We will make it “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Call us today 928-636-7600 with any questions you may have, or to schedule an estimate. 

Costly Wildfire Season 2015

6/10/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Costly Wildfire Season 2015 Recent rainfall has delayed the wildfires, but the feds still expect a damaging year.

WASHINGTON – While recent rainfall has provided a delay in the wildfire season, federal officials said Tuesday they still expect a historically damaging and costly year.

To learn more click on the links below.

Remember to stay alert this fire season to prevent catastrophic disasters. If you have fire damage and are in need of fire cleanup give SERVPRO of Yavapai County a call. We are always here to help! 


Wild Fire in Page, AZ

6/4/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wild Fire in Page, AZ Wildfire in Page 2015

CORNVILLE -- Wednesday about noon, the Verde Valley Fire District was dispatched to a wildland fire off Page Springs Road in Cornville. First units arrived to find a 1.5-acre urban interface wildfire with high fuels fanned by winds, threatening homes. 

The fire was caused by a person cutting pipe creating sparks near dry vegetation. High wind quickly spread the fire from a spark to 1.5 acres. No injuries reported.

Click on the link below to read more.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is here 24 hours a day 7 days a week for any fire emergency cleanup, or water cleanup. Give us a call today to schedule an estimate. 928-636-7600

Wild Fire in Montezuma-Rimrock

4/23/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wild Fire in Montezuma-Rimrock Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station.

BEAVER CREEK -- Just before noon Tuesday, crews from Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District and Camp Verde Fire District were dispatched to a wild land urban interface fire on Sycamore Lane in Lake Montezuma.

Click on the link below to read more.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County cannot stress enough how important it is to prepare yourself for this upcoming fire season. When preparation isn’t enough and you find yourself with fire damage, give us a call. We are here to help. 928-636-7600

Cottenwood Wildfire Alert

4/23/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cottenwood Wildfire Alert Fire damage to a home in Yavapai County.

Wild fire alerts for Cottenwood, AZ. Click on the link below to learn more.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is ready to help with any fire damage to your home. We can also help with any water damage that occurs while putting the fire out. Give us a call at the office today for an estimate of damages. We work directly with your insurance company to make it “Like it never even happened.” 928-636-7600

Wild Fires Yavapai County

4/8/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wild Fires Yavapai County Fire damage in a home in Yavapai County. SERVPRO of Yavapai County is currently helping with the fire restoration.

It’s that time of year where wildfires are a threat, especially in Yavapai County. Be sure to educate yourself of what you can do to prepare your home in the event of a wildfire.

Click on the following links to learn more about wildfire prevention and what to do before a wildfire, during a wildfire, and after a wildfire.

Click here for a list of:

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is here to help with any Fire restoration, water mitigation, or mold remediation needed to your home. Do not hesitate to give us a call if you find yourself caught in this unfortunate situation. SERVPRO of Yavapai County will be there to make it like it never even happened.

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County today 928-636-7600

Fire Prevention Yavapai County

3/25/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is always here for any fire, water damage, or mold loss you may come across in your home or business, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Click on this link for the Central Yavapai Fire District to learn more about fire prevention and tips of what you should do if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Call your friends at SERVPRO of Yavapai County today; we are always here to help!

Call 928-636-7600, or email us at

Fire Damage, Smoke Damage Cleanup Prescott, AZ

2/27/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage, Smoke Damage Cleanup Prescott, AZ Grease fire to kitchen

If you have recently experienced a fire or smoke damage to your property, SERVPRO of Yavapai County in Prescott Valley can assist with the cleanup. Our staff of trained and experienced technicians will be able to restore your property to pre loss conditions.

No matter the size of the damage, we have the resources to assist you in the cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County today for help. You can reach our 24/7 line at 928-636-7600. 

Slide Fire Smoke Cleanup Sedona, AZ

5/29/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Slide Fire Smoke Cleanup Sedona, AZ Slide Fire Sedona, AZ


Incident: Slide Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:08 hrs. ago

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon.

Size: 21,067 acres

Containment: 55 percent

Date Reported: Tuesday, May 20 at approximately 4 p.m.

Cause: Human caused, under investigation.

Current Resources: Approximately 676 personnel.

Cost: 8 million dollars.

Yesterday: Crews continued work along Highway 89A to chip woody material for removal and patrol containment lines. Helicopters conducted water drops on interior ‘island’ pockets of fire activity in extreme rugged terrain. All burnout operations are complete.

Today: Crews on all areas of the fire perimeter will continue chipping, patrol, and rehabilitation efforts. Internal areas of yet unburned fuel may continue to smolder, producing light to moderate smoke.

Restrictions & Closures: Due to increasing fire danger, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday (5/30) at 8 a.m., for additional information please visit Arizona Fire Restrictions

The Coconino National Forest has issued an emergency closure on all National Forest System lands within the area of the Slide Fire on the Coconino National Forest, in Coconino and Yavapai Counties. To view the Order and map of the fire closure area, visit:

Evacuations UPDATE: The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will reopen US 89A at Slide Rock State Park to residents only at 1 p.m. May 29. Only verified residents will be allowed past the roadblock. For additional information please call the Coconino Information Center (EOC) at (928) 679-4173 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Closed Roads: Highway 89A from Sedona to Vista Overlook, Forest Road (FR) 535 at Highway 89A, FR 533 at Highway 89A, FR 231 at Rogers Lake, FR 527 and 530 (west side; Volunteer Canyon area) and Casner Mountain is closed to all vehicles.

Air Quality: For information on air quality, please visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website at:

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County at (928)-636-7600 for a free smoke and soot cleanup estimate due to the Slide Fire.

Visit our website for more information:

Smoke Cleanup After Slide Fire Sedona, AZ

5/28/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Cleanup After Slide Fire Sedona, AZ Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon Sedona, AZ

With the Slide Fire nearly 45% containment, some are left wondering "What do we do next?"

When business owners and homeowners return to their properties, the smell of smoke may be present. While the structure may not have had fire damage directly, the fact that the fire burned within 100 feet of several structures allowed for the smoke to enter the property.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is trained to remove the smoke odor and control further damage to your property. With several resources available to assist your business or personal residence, call us today to schedule your free evaluation.

Call our office at (928)-636-7600 

Slide Fire Cleanup Sedona, Arizona

5/21/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Slide Fire Cleanup Sedona, Arizona Highway 89 Closed due to Slide Fire

The Slide Fire, reported just before 4 pm May 20, is burning in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park.

Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff. Forest Road 535 off Highway 89A. Power has been shut off by APS from Slide Rock, north through the canyon.

An approximate 2 to 3-mile stretch of area from Slide Rock State Park north toward the Sterling Springs Hatchery has been evacuated, as well as the East Pocket Forest Service Lookout Tower. Evacuees are being relocated to Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff. 


County officials will be having a community meeting at 1 p.m. for residents of Forest Highlands, and Kachina Village with the latest infomration on the Slide fire.

According to information from the county, the meeting will be at the Forest Highlands Fire Station 23 at 3350 Old Munds Highway.

No additional mandatory evacuations have been issued at this time. But county officials are recommending that residents be prepared to evacuate if the need arises. Residents will be given advance warning before any evacuations.

According to the American Red Cross, 11 people used the shelter at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff last night. More are registering today. Small animals may be sheltered at no charge at Coconino Humane Association, 3501 E. Butler Ave.

County officials are requesting that residents, if they have not already, register their cellphone number with the county's CodeRED emergency notification system at

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County for free smoke cleanup estimates.


Fire Ban for Yavapai County

4/24/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Ban for Yavapai County Wildfire Yarnell, AZ

Fire Ban for Yavapai County Effective April 18, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:16 am 

The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management in consultation with our partners in the Prescott National Forest, as well as Local Jurisdictions have concluded that conditions exist for extreme fire hazard within Yavapai County. Therefore, a fire ban will be implemented across all four fire ban zones (Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Zones) effective April 18, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Please see attached press release for more information PRESS RELEASE – Fire Ban 16 April 2014

Fire Prevention Week October 6-14, 2013 Arizona

9/19/2013 (Permalink)

This years fire prevention focus in on preventing kitchen fires. Please view the National Fire Protection Association website for more vaulable information:

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is here to help after the unforseen house fire. Be proactive and not reactive and understand how you can help protect your property.

For more information about our fire damage restoration services, please visit our services portion of the website.