Recent Fire Damage Posts

Cooktops Are Top Culprits in Cooking Fires

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Stovetop Fire Stovetop Fire Aftermath

As the holiday season approaches, local SERVPRO fire restoration specialist offers stovetop safety tips for home cooks

From 2014 to 2018, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports* that U.S. fire departments were called to an estimated average of 172,900 home structure fires related to cooking each year. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the number of home fires caused by cooking peaks to an average of 470 fires each day.

“These fires are tragic because they result in property damage, displacement of families, injury, and even death,” says fire damage restoration specialist Nicholas Leier of SERVPRO of Buckeye & West Surprise/Wickenburg. “The thing that compounds the tragedy, though, is that there are some simple steps everyone can take to reduce the chance of a cooking fire.” Nicholas urges homeowners to consider these basic guidelines for cooking safety:

  1. Never leave food unattended on a range or cooktop. That’s where 61 percent of home cooking fires start.
  2. Never cook on the stove top when you are sleepy or intoxicated.
  3. Use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking.
  4. Keep anything flammable – potholders, wooden utensils, towels, curtains, food wrapping – away from the stovetop.

If you must leave the kitchen for any period, turn off the stove.

Holiday parties and large family gatherings that were postponed last year because of COVID concerns are great to look forward to, but may add distraction in the kitchen, warns Nicholas. “Cooking is such a routine part of our days that it is easy to become complacent about these basic safety steps,” says Nicholas, “but the statistics show that unattended cooking is the number one cause of home cooking fires and casualties.

Whether you are cooking for the holidays or simply preparing an everyday meal, it is important to stay alert and focused on what’s happening on and around your stovetop.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit, or find us on Facebook. For more information on SERVPRO of Buckeye & West surprise/ Wickenburg, please contact our office team at 623-248-1148

Fire Disasters / Prevention / Restoration

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

storage fire cleanup A storage container fire we had the opportunity to asses and clean.

Building fires are dangerous, destructive, and extremely common. Fires can be started in a variety of ways from space heaters to everyday cooking appliances, and even electrical problems. 

Building fires can grow out of hand fast, but with proper safety you may be able to save your home, and lives. 

Identifying exit routes in your home or business may help you in the event of a fire; having & regularly checking all smoke detectors in your home is one of the best safety practices all households can maintain; never leave a lit stove range un attended; always keep a fire extinguisher within reach, are just a few examples. 

In the event a fire has taken place; the aftermath of the destruction is beyond normal janitorial or DIY cleanup. 

In a large amount of cases, fires are put out with water. Although the fire caused a majority of the damage; the water has now caused a secondary damage. Another variable to consider is the types of material that were burnt in the fire.

Take for instance a small kitchen fire; your home is still completely intact, but the soot created from the burning materials will travel quickly throughout your home and into other small crevices. The type of material may also determine the method or chemical choice for cleaning. 

In the end a large amount surface may need to be cleaned or completely replaced. 

SERVPRO of Buckeye is ready to help.

Each fire inspection we asses requires a unique approach & will provide that. We take fire losses seriously, and want to properly handle each situation till the end. We will work with your home or business insurance to keep your loss from extending any more stress into your life. The time to act on your loss is not later; its today. 

Call SERVPRO of Buckeye & West Surprise/ Wickenburg. *623-248-1148*

Let's Prevent Fires Together!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Accidents happen. Most fires tend to be accidents. Nobody wants the stress of fire to endure their lives, so lets go through some safety precautions. 

  • Install smoke & carbon monoxide detectors on at least each floor of your home & test them at about every 6 months.
  • Have an emergency escape plan & identify with all your family members various escape routes.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers for pressurization & replace when needed
  • Check dryer vents & lint filters after each use.
  • Double check all appliances are switched off after usage
  • maintain cords & unplug devices when not being used.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Never leave children near an open flame unattended
  • Turn off space heaters
  • If there is a fire in progress CALL 911

Keep those close to you safe

Look, Listen, Learn.

Smoke & Soot Cleanup

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire fire

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience 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 Buckeye 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (623) 248-1148


2/12/2021 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO pickup truck fire

Its scary to imagine your home up in flames.

Its where you make memories and take time to relax. You cant control everything, but you may take proper steps towards preventing this disaster.

Our top tips to prevent at home fires!

  1. Test Your Smoke Alarms Regularly
    2. Inspect All Your Heating Sources
    3. Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean
    4. Don’t Leave Your Kitchen/ cooking food / unattended
    5. Always Check Your Dryer/ lint trap
    6. Maintain All Cords/ & placements
    7. Properly Store Flammable Products
    8. Practice Caution with Candles
    9. Be Careful with Your Fireplace
    10. Keep Fire Extinguishers Around

Fire Disasters

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

stove covered in fire debris stove covered in fire debris

Fires are notorious for getting out of hand quickly & causing massive amounts of damage. Sometimes these fires a quickly brought under control. Even then The extent of damage can be found in the deepest part of the property. This damage is brought on by smoke & soot. Not to mention the secondary damage caused by putting the fire out with substances like water. These cleanup efforts will take significant amounts of time, effort, and expertise, as well as an understanding of the health and safety risks involved. SERVPRO of Buckeye & West Surprise has experience and knowledge in fire damage industry & can guide you through the process, manage and accomplish the most difficult and dangerous parts of the cleanup, and assist you in every step of the cleanup so that it gets done correctly.


11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Its scary to imagine your home up in flames.Its where you make memories and take time to relax. You cant control everything, but you may take proper steps towards preventing this disaster. Our top tips to prevent at home fires! 1. Test Your Smoke Alarms Regularly2. Inspect All Your Heating Sources3. Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean4. Don’t Leave Your Kitchen/ cooking food / unattended5. Always Check Your Dryer/ lint trap6. Maintain All Cords/ & placements7. Properly Store Flammable Products8. Practice Caution with Candles9. Be Careful with Your Fireplace10. Keep Fire Extinguishers Around