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The Different Types Of Fire Damage

The Different Types Of Fire Damage

Maybe you were cooking one night and turned your back for a moment too long. Maybe your teenager left their hair straightener on by accident. Maybe that old lamp grandma gave you is no longer up to current safety standards. Whatever the reason, when fires occur, they can cause varying degrees of damage. Not all fire damage is equal, as the heat of the flame and the rate at which the fire spreads can depend on what sort of fuel the fire is feeding off of. Fire damage is also not limited to only flame damage. Here are the different types of fire damage that can occur.

The 3 Main Types Of Fire Damage

1. Flame Damage
If your home has a fire, there will inevitably be flame damage, although there are different classes of fire damage depending on how the fire originated and what materials were burning. There are 6 classifications of fire damage, ranked from A to F:

A. This type of fire damage occurs when flammable solids catch fire. Examples of flammable solids include cloth, paper, plastic, wood, rubber, and more. This is considered themost common type of fire damage.

B. This type of fire damage originates from flammable liquids such as gasoline or other petrol products such as oil, wax, or paint.

C. This type of fire damage comes from flammable gasses, including natural gas, propane, butane, and hydrogen. These types of fires typically originate in the kitchen or at the barbecue.

D. These fires burn combustible metals, such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

E. This class of fire damage includes electrical fires caused by faulty wiring, worn-out appliances or wires, and improper use of outlets. This category can also include results of factors that are a combination of elements from classes A and B.

F. This type of fire damage occurs specifically due to cooking oils. Because of this, class F fire damage often occurs in the kitchen.

2. Smoke Damage
After the fire has been put out, items that weren’t burned or weren’t particularly close to the fire can sustain smoke damage. This can include discolouration, smoke residue, or a strong and foul odour. The strength and types of smoke damage on your personal items and home will depend on how far away the fire was, what the fire was fueled by, and the materials of the items themselves. To learn more, read Identifying Smoke Damage: Four Different Types And Restoration Solutions.

3. Fire Related Damage
Not all fire damage is from the flames or smoke themselves. Damages that are related to the fire but not caused by it can be referred to as 3rd-party damages, and they are often unavoidable. The most common example of 3rd-party damage is water damage as a result of putting out the flames. If not properly cleaned up, this water can cause the drywall to crumble and mold to develop. Water damage may need to be cleaned up by flood or water damage specialists and mold will have to be removed in its entirety by a mold remediation team. Any chemicals such as those used in a fire extinguisher will also require thorough cleanup. Another form of fire related damage is heat damage. Although the flames of the fire may not have touched certain areas of the home, the heat from a large fire is intense and it can cause cracks or holes to develop in the walls or ceiling.

Fire Damage Restoration In Calgary

Regardless of the scale of the damage, 24/7 Restoration is here to support you. If you have had a fire in your home or business that has since been extinguished, it’s time to call 24/7 Restoration to rebuild and restore your property. Once the extent of the fire damage is assessed, our emergency crews will begin the process of repair and restoration to get your property back to pre-loss condition. Our restoration experts are trained to handle fire damage, smoke damage, and 3rd-party fire related damage. At 24/7 Restoration, we know that fire damage can be more than material which is why our top-quality front-line staff are not only devoted to restoring your property but are thoughtful, kind, and considerate when providing our fire restoration services. Call the 24/7 Restoration emergency line any time, day or night, at 1-403-247-4365. You can also contact 24/7 Restoration using the online contact form.


Q: Do I need a commercial smoke cleaning service if the fire was small?
A: In the case of most small fires, trying to clean up the remaining soot and smoke is the most difficult part. Even small fires can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time- leaving behind particles that eat away at the home's structure and unpleasant odors. For the best chance at restoring your home and furniture after a fire, a professional restoration company will have the proper tools and experience to clean up your property and help save your belongings.

Q: Can I stay in my home when it has smoke damage?
A: In a word: No. After a fire, your home is full of lingering smoke and soot that is very dangerous to breathe in. Once in your body, these particles can have negative effects on your health such as eye irritation, respiratory issues, and skin rashes. If you have previous health conditions such as asthma or an autoimmune disease you will be even more at risk of complications. To learn more about the effects of smoke damage, read What Does Smoke Damage Do To My Home’s Content?

Q: What are the most common causes of indoor fires?
A: Generally indoor fires are often caused by cooking, dryers, unattended candles, and smoking. Learn more about the causes of house fires and how to prevent them here.

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