Early Thursday morning, a fire broke out at a house on the 1200 Block of Austin Street.
According to KFDX News Channel Three, the two-story house was being used as a storage facility for Faith Mission. The house was already fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived on the scene. It took 27 firefighters to put out this two-alarm fire.
At this time, fire officials do suspect foul play was involved, since the use of accelerants was detected. There’s no word on whether or not anybody was injured in this fire, or what the potential damages could be, but the structure was said to be a total loss. The cause of this fire is still under investigation with authorities.
Injuries and Damages Resulting from a Fire
Burn injuries and smoke inhalation are two of the most frequently seen injuries that occur after a structure fire. Hopefully, nobody was injured in this fire, since the building was used primarily as a storage facility.
In addition to the total loss of the structure, Faith Mission also presumably lost everything that they were storing in the building.
The damages involved with this type of structure fire could include total cost to repair or rebuild the house, cost to replace the items that were destroyed and a permanent loss of value to the property. There’s also no information on whether or not any neighboring structures were impacted by this fire.
Filing an Insurance Claim after a Fire
There’s no telling how long the investigation could take, but when foul play is suspected, filing an insurance claim can be complicated. Insurance companies are frequently in the business of taking care of their own bottom lines, so it’s important to make sure you get the compensation you rightfully deserve after a fire.
If you think your insurance company isn’t treating you in good faith, you need to contact an attorney with fire damage experience as soon as possible.
When to Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered property damage due to a fire that was caused by somebody else’s negligent behavior or willful misconduct, you need to speak with an experienced fire damage lawyer swiftly. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better. Insurance companies can be pushy and slow to pay out on claims, and an attorney can be your advocate as you begin to rebuild your life after a fire.