Cleaning Up Homes After the Caughlin Fire

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

RENO, NV - Now that the dust has settled, cleaning crews are making their way inside hundreds of homes that survived the Caughlin Fire's flames. Inside one home in the Evans Ridge Estates, you can't see a lot of smoke and fire damage, but it's there.

"One of our biggest problems we have in virtually every home that's been affected is this," explains Ben Young, who works for Belfor Property Restoration in Reno and is helping clean the home. "An area where air can penetrate through the window sills. All this ash and soot."

It's going to take the five man crew about a week to vacuum up and dust off every surface in every room. And...

"There are several hundred that have received this kind of damage," says Young

"I have a lot of Persian rugs so they're going to have to take them out and clean them!" says Beverly McNaughton, who lives in the area and understands how
much debris has collected in the area because of the Caughlin Fire. After the fire swept through the canyon and right behind her home she's left with a sense of relief. And a stench.

"It's a real nasty smell of smoke," she says. "I've been washing linens trying to get it out of linens and things I can wash.. You can't get it our of the upholstery and things. That's what the company will have to clean."

Experts say even small particles like the ones left in many homes can cause an enormous amount of damage.

"That ash is very acidic," explains Ben Young, of Belfor. "It will actually penetrate the surface and cause scratches in that surface."

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