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SERVPRO® of Oxnard restores an arsonist’s attempt of destruction.

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Arson damaged stairs Fire Damaged Stairwell caused by arson.


This past February we received a call from a local insurance agent reporting that one of their policy holders had a small fire in her home. Fortunately, the home was vacant and undergoing some minor renovation. When arriving on site we also discovered the home was equipped with a fire suppression system (water sprinklers) that saved the home from complete destruction.

So, what did that leave us? A BIG MESS! Burned and melted carpet, smoke damage throughout the home, fire damaged drywall and framing, and a whole house water damage! No problem for SERVPRO® of Oxnard.


After assessing the damage (that could be seen) we drew up our scope of work and submitted it to the insurance company after which it was approved and work to restore the property the next day. WOW! We were in for a surprise!

  • The fuel that was used to start the fire had soaked through the carpet into the wood subfloor and the water from the sprinkler system spread it throughout the entire second floor.
  • It was also discovered that the sprinkler system had been installed on the main water for the home!
  • The staircase had so much damage from the fire that the water that absorbed into the wood frame caused it to swell and started to come apart.


At the time of this blog post, work on the home still continues. Our IICRC certified technicians are currently setting up a scissor lift to remove the 22-foot ceiling in the formal living/dining room and begin the actual smoke removal process from unaffected surfaces not damaged by water. Before we know it, we will be starting the build back and welcoming the homeowner back into their home.

At SERVPRO® of Oxnard, an IICRC Certified Firm, our commitment to you is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us at (805) 984-2347 for ANY of your fire, smoke, or water damage needs 24/7/365!

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