Massive Fire Destroys Home

Massive Fire Destroys Home

KETV Newswatch 7 said, “Omaha firefighters called to the area of 85th and Cass streets around 4:30 a.m. Sunday” where a massive fire destroys home, found the house fully engulfed and destroyed. “Smoke was seen from miles away. Investigators said only one person, a man in his 80s, lived in the home at the time.“

“Neighbors said they saw what appeared to be a tree on fire and within minutes the inferno had surged through the entire home. They said the man who lived in the home got out covered in soot and in shock. Around 5:30 a.m. crews told KETV Newswatch 7 they were still trying to turn off the gas to the home but the flames made it too dangerous.

No Smoke Alarm

“Investigators say the home did not have smoke detectors and is a total loss.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration of FEMA, on average 1,000 homes catch fire every day. A home fire in Omaha 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.  There is one critical step to take before a fire: have working smoke alarms!

There Are 9 Steps to Take After A Massive Fire Destroys Home

  1. 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.
  2. Know who to call – It is your responsibility to call your insurance agent. This is a priority. Calling your insurance starts all the paperwork to establish a claim. Call relatives. Call the Red Cross.
  3. Check Your Family for Shock – a fire is very traumatic. Everyone will process the loss differently. Get immediate help or counseling.
  4. Establish a home base – One of the 9 steps to take after a fire: 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 for reimbursement by your insurance company. You may even need to ask for a draw on your policy for the basics.
  5. 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.
  6. Secure the property – one of the 9 steps to take after a fire. The insurance company will require this.
  7. Keep track of all your expenses and correspondence regarding your loss. A three-ring binder is a handy way to document the process.
  8. Coordinate with your insurance company the work needed to restore your home from fire, smoke, and water damage.
  9. Last, 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 the house either be repaired or torn down

Styl Properties, Inc. is here to help homeowners out of any distressed situation.  

As investors, we are in business to make a modest profit on any deal. However, we can help homeowners out of just about any situation, no matter what!  There are no fees, upfront costs, commissions, or anything else.  We offer the simple truth about your home and how we can help you sell it fast to resolve any situation.

If you’d like to give us a ring, we would be more than happy to spend some time with you to help you understand the process and to get all of your questions answered.  You can reach us at 402 999.0577

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