Colorado Fire Update
The most destructive Colorado fire in its history – which killed two people, scorched almost 30 square miles and destroyed more than 300 homes in less than three weeks – is now fully contained. While not all of the fires are completely out it looks as though the diligence and hard work of fire fighters and volunteers has paid off.
Beginning on June 23rd and causing an estimated $15 million in damages and almost as much, if not more to contain, the fire which burned for 17 days and caused the evacuation of over 3o,000 people, has been compared to the fires which recently ravaged the Texas hill country. The Waldo Canyon fire, as it is called, gained national attention and has been declared a federal disater.
Apparently the fire damage will have some longer lasting effects as the tree’s and root structures which prevent erosion will likely lead to increased mudslide activeity. To prevent erosion, the once beautiful landscaped hillsides will be covered with fiber roll.
In the event that you or someone you know have been impacted by the Colorado fires there are several actions that you can take to get relief and restoration for your property damages. Your local authorities can direct you to places that might be able to provide assistance for your immediate needs. We encourage you to contact your local church for support. In Colorado Springs there is a Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, which we know is a great church and part of an even bigger community of believers that are geared up to serve.
When it comes time to seek a settlement from your insurance company (whether your house was directly impacted by the fires or not), give us a call. Did you know that your home may still have smoke damage even if your house did not get touched by one lick of flame? It is true, many homeowners do not realize that they are eligible for insurance claims. The best thing that you can do is contact a local public adjuster.
If you have had a fire you will have the need for smoke damage cleaning or replacement to your home. You are likely wondering if you should have a company come out and clean the damaged areas or if you should start from scratch and just replace everything. This is a great question and one that expert in smoke damage claims, Randell Smith, State Public Adjuster will help you decide.
Randell Smith has over 30 years experience as a public claims adjuster and has seen just about every kind of fire related claim where smoke damage cleaning or replacement is necessary. Without seeing the actual damages it is difficult to assess which course of action is best, but here are some things you should consider when determining whether to repair or replace your fire damage areas.