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Securing a Building After a Fire

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

If your building suffers fire damage in Bozeman, MT, there isn’t much you can do to stop the chain of events from the moment the fire strikes until the time that the fire has been extinguished, leaving you with a damaged, unsecured space. What happens next, however, is under your control. With these considerations, you will put yourself in the best possible position to ride out the coming storm of possible looters, scammers, and restoration delays.

Three Ways To Secure Your Building After a Fire


Although your building may seem secure, the following may find a way in:
• Looters
• Burglars
• Squatters
• Errant Youths

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make sure these unwelcome visitors do not have easy access to your property.


When fighting a fire, the first responders may use an ax to knock holes into the roof, walls, or attic areas of your building to spray water onto the flames. Once the fire fighters leave, the holes remain. The heat from the fire can also break windows and sky lights, again leaving gaping holes in your building.

To prevent unwanted intruders from rummaging through or looting areas of your building that were not destroyed by flames, soot or smoke, you must first secure the holes by covering the areas with large pieces of wood. If you are unable, or uncomfortable, with putting the boards up on your own, contact our fire and cleanup restoration specialists for assistance. We are happy to help protect your building and secure the fire damage area.


Fire fighters often forcefully open doors to get immediate access to the fire in the building. If that happens, the locks, door jambs, and walls surrounding the doorways may be broken or damaged. To prevent easy access by intruders to whatever contents may remain, secure the doorways with large pieces of wood, in a similar fashion to securing the other holes in your building. If necessary, we are always here to help with this task, as well.

Although you cannot guarantee your business will be safe after a fire, you can take these simple steps to help secure it from unwanted intruders. Call our experts to help secure and restore your building after devastating fire damage has occurred.

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