According to the U.S. Fire Administration of FEMA, on average 1,000 homes catch fire every day. A home fire in the Virginia Beach area, Chesapeake, Norfolk, or any city in our area can be devastating to a family. Not only can a family lose everything, but there’s the disruption of normal life, possible guilt, and grief; not to mention the possible loss of loved ones.
In one account from December 2016, WAVY channel 10 reported “Three people were displaced from a home fire in the Virginia Beach area Saturday night on Leland Circle.”
“Fire crews responded to a call of a residential fire in the area shortly before 7 p.m. Officials say crews found heavy smoke coming from the attic of the house.
“The fire was brought under control eight minutes after crews arrived.
“Three people were displaced as a result of the fire, but officials say no one was hurt.
“Investigators are working to determine how the fire started.”
In another fire in December 2016 WAVY channel 10 reported “A home in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake sustained minor damage from a water heater fire.
Firefighters were called to a home on Orchard Grove Drive around 2 a.m. Seventeen minutes later, crews found smoke showing from a two-story condo.
The fire was under control by 2:30 a.m.
Officials say the fire involved a hot water heater in the attic.
There are 7 steps to take after a home fire in the Virginia Beach area:
- Be Safe, Be Smart – It is normal to want to enter the house as quickly as possible to see the damage for yourself, and retrieve your valuables. Wait until the professionals tell you it is ok.
- Know who to call – It is your responsibility to call your insurance agent about a home fire in the Virginia Beach area. Secure the property. This is a priority. Calling your insurance starts all the paperwork to establish a claim. Call relatives. Call the Red Cross who are used to helping families like yours.
- Check Your Family for Shock – a fire is very traumatic. Everyone processes the loss differently. Get immediate help or counseling if needed.
- Establish a home base – Try to get back to a normal routine as quickly as possible. You will need temporary housing, clothing, basic bathroom items, medicines, school clothes for children, etc. Be sure to document everything you want reimbursed. You may even need to ask for a draw on your policy for the basics.
- Get a copy of the fire report – A fire report will discuss where in the house the fire occurred, the time of the incident, the date of the incident, and the incident number if it comes through a fire department.
- Keep track of all your expenses and correspondence regarding your loss. A three ring binder is a handy way to document the process.
- Many people decide not to live in the house again. They take the cash from the insurance company and move on. However city ordinances, for safety reasons, require something be done with the house; either repaired or torn down. Check with this professional real estate investor. We may have an interest in buying the burnt house, repairing and selling it.
There is one critical step to take before a home fire in the Virginia Beach area: have working smoke alarms!
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